More Than Just Mulch

A quick primer on shredded mulch


Not only does mulch add a decorative finish to your flower beds, it also keeps the soil cool and moist and thus reduces the need for watering. By using a pre-emergent herbicide with mulch, weed seeds are discouraged from germinating and growing. But which mulch should you use?

Types of Mulch

There are several types of mulch to choose from, and each type can give your landscaping a different finishing touch

  • Pine
    Shredded Pine Mulch is the lightest mulch that we carry and features a light brown color. With nothing added to it, it is the purest mulch we carry. These types of mulches release acid when they break down. Pine mulches should be used around plants that need a more acidic soil. Use around azaleas, rhododendron, pieris japonica and holly. Pine is available by the cubic yard for $44.99 and in a 2 cubic foot bag for $4.99.
  • Hemlock
    This is by far our most popular mulch. It has a light rust color. This mulch is currently available in cubic yards for $45.99 and 2 cubic foot bags for $4.99.
  • Aged Hemlock
    Another natural choice -nothing added!- is this dark brown mulch that has been aged for one year. Available by the cubic yard for $47.99.
  • Jolly Brown Cow
    More than just a barrier mulch, Jolly Brown Cow gets its name because it is 70% shredded bark mulch and 30% composted cow manure. While it does break down quicker than regular barrier mulches, it also serves as a nourishing top dressing as well. Available in cubic yards for $44.99.
  • Black Mulch
    The darkest of the mulches we carry, Black Mulch has been tinted with Carbon, a nutrient that improves soil health. It is available at $41.99 a cubic foot or in a 2 cubic foot bag for $4.99.

All of our bulk mulch selections are also available for self-loading into your own 32 gallon trash can at $9.99 per can.

Using Mulch

No matter which mulch you choose, it is important to use it properly. It is recommended that mulch be applied 2-3 inches deep around plants, in flowerbeds and in garden areas – less depth will not be as effective to shield and protect the soil, while deeper mulch may actually protect too much and could restrict water from entering the soil. Take care not to pile mulch directly next to stems and trunks, which could invite insects and rot to invade the plant.

Over time, mulches will decay and compact, at which time they can be removed and added to a compost pile, or simply turned and worked into the soil around the plants they’ve been protecting. To preserve mulch a bit longer, raking and turning it over will refresh its color and reduce compaction.

Not sure which mulch will be best for your plants? Our experts will be happy to help you choose! Be sure to take advantage of the mulch calculator that can be found here.