Popular Types of Mulch for Your Landscaping Project

It’s that time of year again: Days are longer, temperatures are getting warmer, and before you know it you’ll be landscaping your property or touching up the landscaping from the (fortunately) mild winter we’ve had this year.

Either way, you’ll be investing in new plants, and there’s no better way to maintain healthy plants than with mulch. But with so many options, how do you know which one is right for you? For a quick reference, review our guide on mulch vs compost to get a better idea of what the two options are.

Organic & Inorganic

The best type of mulch for landscaping depends on your specific project and what you’re looking for the mulch to do. And you may find you need a mix of mulches for different sections of your lawn and garden.

Woodchips and gravel

Woodchips and gravel are two common types of organic and inorganic mulch.

Inorganic mulches can be anything from gravel and pebbles to plastic and fabric.

Luckily, either variety will work hard for your landscape.

There are several options for mulch, most of which are inexpensive. They include:

  • Bark: Available in a variety of colors to match your landscape including black, dark brown, or red cedar
  • Yard wastes: Includes grass clippings, leaves, and pine needles
  • Compost: Offers the most nutrients for your plants
  • Stone, pebbles, and gravel: Adds a fire-resistant cover that doesn’t break down

Keep in mind, organic mulches decay over time. You’ll have to replace the mulch, often times after a year or two of use.

Why Bother With Mulching?

It’s important for you to mulch immediately after plating as it helps roots grow stronger. Additionally, mulch:

  • Keeps water in the soil longer
  • Prevents evaporation to retain moisture
  • Reduces the growth of weeds
  • Protects smaller plants as well as trees and larger shrubs
  • Buffers vegetation from lawn mowers or weed whackers

With either type of mulch available, they all provide support for strong, healthy roots.

By using mulch, you’ll spend less time on your hands and needs plucking those annoying dandelions and shoots of grass from the ground.

At the end of the season, mulch will continue to work for you well into the winter, keeping the soil warmer around your plants; there are few other landscaping tools that will work as hard for you as mulch.


Want to figure out the best mulch type for your project? Call Ricardo Corporation today at (508) 992-0169!

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