When you have a landscaped area that you want to look its best, you may want to cover the open ground with mulch to keep the whole area looking nice. Bark mulch is a great way to cover the ground to keep more moisture in the soil as well as to keep weeds from popping up in that area. When it comes to bark dust vs wood chips, it all depends on preference and budget. Wood chips often add more to the soil, as they are an organic material, and they will last longer in your flower bed.
With bark mulch, flower beds can keep their soil moist for longer so that more of the water can be absorbed by the plants. Depending on how much area you plan to cover, you may need to buy bulk mulch. Bark mulch can also help the moisture to stay in the soil long enough to allow the roots access to this moisture. There are sometimes bark mulch problems, but generally, it’s a good substance that works well at keeping weeds at bay. It also looks nice in the garden and can keep protecting the area for years to come. If you have bark mulch in your flower bed, it also gives the area a clean and care-for look.
Dark Colored Conventional MulchThe world of landscaping is full of questions: which flowers should you plant, and where? what type of shrubs or trees will grow best in your climate? what type of furniture works best for your patio – – and is your patio made of stone, wood? It can all be a little overwhelming, especially knowing that good landscaping can add 14% more value to your home. Let?s focus on one of the most important and often overlooked choices you face when landscaping: mulch.
Mulch, the material that you use to cover the soil around your plants, serves an important purpose in landscaping by protecting the soil for gardening from drying out and weeds from growing. But it can also be one of the most striking choices that you make about your yard.
While picking which mulch is right for you, it is important to have a clear image of what function you want the mulch to serve. Do you want it to go unnoticed, or provide a sharp contrast to the flowers in your garden? Do you want it to add to your garden?s health, or just it?s beauty?
Below are some of the most unique types of mulch you can select to give your yard a fresh, new feel.
Black isn?t just for cocktail dresses. Mulch that has been died black provides a rich offset to the verdant greens and pastels of most gardens. It also adds an air of refinement and simplicity.
These smooth stones pull the eye with their irregular shapes and their subtlety different colors. They also have the benefit of being an environmentally friendly option, although not as much as our next choice.
Although the idea of using farm and kitchen waste might be intimidating, commercially available compost is a great option for your yard. It is available in a range of colors, and very affordable. This earth friendly option is also the best for your plants! During watering, small amounts of nutrients from the compost itself filter down into the soil.
Crushed Shells, or landscaping shells, make excellent Mulch. The whites and off white of sea shells can create a striking effect juxtaposed to the greens, without the heaviness of a dark colored mulch or even compost. And similar to the compost, the crushed shells will also add nutrients to your garden as they decompose.
Of course, a quick stroll through your local gardening supplies store will tell you these are only a few of the options available to you. The important thing is to find what fits your landscaping plans best.