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1915 Old Hwy 124
Russellville
, AR

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Mulching

Why should I mulch?

Mulch...

Helps retain moisture in the soil longer as it prevents evaporation by shielding the soil from the sun and reduces water run-off during rain or watering. This reduces the amount of water needed (saves money). Mulch can retain up to 70% more water in the soil than unmulched soil.

 Is a great insulator by regulating soil temperature – keeps roots consistently cool in summer and warm in winter (reduces plant stress).

Protects plants from frost damage by acting as a protective blanket.

Provides a natural barrier to stop weeds from growing. You’ll find it easier to remove the few weeds that do grow.

Increases biological activity in your soil by providing beneficial micro-organisms and earthworms with food.

Helps stop nutrients from leaching out of the soil.

Improves soil drainage and structure as it decomposes.

Provides support around plants especially young seedlings.

Prevents erosion and soil compaction particularly from foot traffic on pathways and play areas.

Improves the visual appearance of landscape/garden.

How much mulch do I need?

To calculate the amount of mulch you need you must first establish the amount of area you are trying to cover. You should measure your beds length and width and multiply those two numbers together then multiply by the depth of inches. We recommend at least 3" of mulch.
  We sell mulch by the cubic yard, so for reference, 1 cubic yard will cover approximately 108 square feet at the recommended 3" deep. You can adjust based on your needs.


What kind of mulch should I use?

We offer natural wood mulches in hardwood, cypress, and cedar, as well as dyed cedar mulches in red and dark brown. They type of mulch you use is generally a matter of preference in aesthetics for most people, but there are some differences that many take into consideration.

Natural Cedar Mulch is usually aromatic, though some varieties have a stronger aroma than others. The oil produced by cedars serves as a natural insect repellent. Cedar mulch is exceptionally long lasting so it does not need to be replaced as often as other varieties. However, its longevity lessens the amount of rich hummus added to the soil that faster decomposing varieties produce.

Cypress Mulch is an aesthetically pleasing, light colored mulch that is also aromatic. It naturally repels insects and has natural fungus resistance. It is long lasting like cedar.

Hardwood mulch is often made of oak but may be compiled of a mixture of hardwoods. It tends to decompose faster than cypress or cedar adding to the soils texture and organic matter, owing to a higher cellulose content. Cellulose readily decays on exposure to air and water, and many types of fungi and bacteria (good and bad) favor cellulose as a food source. Hardwood mulches may also cause nitrogen deficiencies in the soil due to the presence of these cellulose-eating microbes, which can cause nearby plants to starve from lack of nitrogen. Adding a nitrogen-rich fertilizer is one way to remedy this common problem. 


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