Premium hardwood mulch is made from Oak wood and uses the bark and the wood. Hardwood mulch can be any type of hardwood and not include the bark of the tree. Colored dyed mulch is usually made from waste wood and is dyed with a colorant to create a variety of colors.
You will need to mulch once every year since mulches may fade. To keep them looking good you May top-dress them once a year or you can rake existing mulch over. Top dressing is applying about an inch of material on top of existing material.
The answer is no. Termites in Illinois are subterranean. They are only attracted to wood below the earth’s surface. Since mulch is above ground it does not attract them.
No, we do not treat our mulches with any chemicals. The materials used are all natural.
When it gets very hot and humid a fungus sometimes grows on top of mulch. It looks yellowish brown in color and can be unpleasant to look at. It can easily be gotten rid of by hitting it with a rake or hoe or blast with water from the hose. This fungus is not harmful.
Mulch helps control soil temperature and is an effective method of preventing weed growth. As well as inhibiting weed growth mulch adds nutrients to the soil as it decays.
Mulch can be applied anytime throughout the year. Some seasons are desirable than others. In cold winter months apply only 1 inch thick to insulate the ground to prevent soil warming. In spring mulch should be 2 inches thick and pushed away from planting. In fall mulch should be a 2-4 inch coverage to delay frost penetration, allowing more time for root growth.
The area should be cleared of all weeds, leaves and grass. If you are replenishing the mulch on an existing area, be sure to loosen up the old mulch. Using your hands to spread the mulch produces the best results. Use a thickness of 2 to 5 inches.
One yard of mulch will cover approximately 100sq feet at 2-3 inches deep. Multiply the length times the width of each of your beds. Then add all your totals up and divide by 100 and that is the number of yards you will use.
|Example: 10ft X 15ft = 150 ft||1 ½ yards|