Mulch is a convenience for the homeowner to suppress weeds, reduce erosion and retain moisture in the soil.
- Organic mulches are derived from natural materials and decompose over time adding nutrients, beneficial microorganisms and other organic matter.
- Avoid recycled wood products that have been dyed to appear suitable. They decompose quickly and may contain undesirable substances.
- Inorganic mulches, like rocks, geotextile mats, and plastics may reduce water penetration and look unnatural.
- Bulk organic mulches may be spread fresh from chipping or be "hot". It is a good suggeston to water all newly mulched areas of your gardens.
Gateway sells a variety of organic mulches and pine straw mulch in season.
- Typically mulch is applied too thick causing plants to fail. Observe your landscape crew and only apply 1 to 2 inches of mulch.
- Never allow mulch to come into contact with the tree bases, stems and root crowns of your plants. Mulch retains moisture that can cause crown rot and host bark and stem eating rodents.
Mulch is sold in 2 cubic feet bags
27 cubic feet = 1 cubic yard
14 (2 cu. ft.) bags = 1+ cubic yard of mulch
One cubic yard covers:
- 324 sq. ft. @ 1" depth
- 162 sq. ft. @ 2" depth
- 108 sq. ft. @ 3" depth