3 Different Types of Mulch and How They Benefit Your Landscaping

We’ve all been there. You feel like it was just yesterday that you spent your weekend re-doing all the mulch around your property, but it already looks like it needs a facelift.  

With the endless options for mulch that are available, it’s hard to know where to start. And the last thing you want to do is spend your time and energy on a solution that won’t be effective for your landscaping. So with that in mind, here’s an overview of three common types of mulch and how they can help your Nashville landscaping! 

Shredded mulch 


There are many different options here, but most of them are byproducts of the lumber or paper industry. They’re dried, aged, and in many cases, colored with vegetable-based dyes. This is the kind of mulch you’ll typically find in bags at your local lawn and garden store. Because the dyes used are non-toxic, it’s safe to use them in any of the same places you would use non-dyed mulch. 

The source of the mulch (and the type of wood) can determine how long shredded mulch will last. But in most cases, you’ll need to replenish it to some extent each year. 

Fresh wood chips 


The advantages here are time and money: In some areas, your local municipality or tree-cutting service may offer freshly ground wood chips for free. And the wood chips may last for around four years before breaking down. 

This mulch can be a great solution for walkways, but you’ll want to think twice before using it around your plants. Because these wood chips haven’t been dried or aged, they will pull quite a bit of nitrogen out of your soil as they decompose. You can still use fresh wood chips around plants—just do your research and pair it with the right fertilizer to keep your soil and plants healthy.  

Pine bark nuggets 


Pine bark can be a great way to give your home’s curb appeal a little boost. The larger pieces provide a unique look and texture that helps your landscaping pop. The bigger chunks also means that pine bark will last longer, as it takes more time to decompose. Expect to have to replenish it every 2-3 years.  

Pine bark is slightly more acidic than other mulch types, so keep that in mind if you’re worried about your soil composition. 

Nashville Landscapers: Mulching Tips 

No mulch will keep weeds at bay completely, but it can definitely slow weed growth compared to having no mulch in place. And it also helps your soil to retain moisture, which means less time and money spent watering your landscaping. 

With all mulch, you’ll want to spread it three or four inches thick. Less than that, and you’ll have weeds coming through in no time. Just be sure to keep a little bit of clearance around the base of soft-stemmed plants so the moisture from the mulch doesn’t cause them to rot.  

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Hopefully this article points you in the right direction! But if you want personalized recommendations for keeping your yard beautiful year-round, contact us to set up a free landscaping consultation with one of our expert Nashville landscapers. 

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