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How A Denver Landscaping Company Chooses the Right Mulch For Your Yard

July 5, 2017

Believe it or not, mulch plays an important role in your landscaping. Mulch retains moisture so your plants are able to absorb more water before it begins to evaporate, so it keeps your plants healthy and helps you conserve water. Mulch can also prevent or slow down weed growth so they don’t rapidly take over your yard. To ensure that you reap all of the benefits of mulch, it’s important that you choose the right type for your yard. According to Denver landscaping company My Landscaper, here’s what you should know about the most common types of mulch:

Cypress Mulch

This type of mulch is made from bark stripped from the outside of cypress trees. It is known to hold moisture and retain its color longer than any other type of organic mulch. Because of its durability, you won’t have to lay out new mulch as frequently.

Crushed Pine Needle Mulch

Crushed pine needle mulch provides great coverage and is much easier to spread than other organic mulches, including cypress mulch. It provides more nutrients to the soil than cypress mulch, however it isn’t as durable. So although your plants will receive more nutrients, the mulch will break down fairly quickly and need to be replenished with a fresh layer. 

Pine Needle Mulch

This type of mulch is made out of untouched pine needles. Because the pine needles are not processed in any way, this type of mulch is much cheaper than other options. It offers the same benefits as crushed pine needle mulch with one exception: it lasts longer. However, the color made begin to fade away fairly quickly, so keep that in mind as you make your decision.

Bulk Mulch

Whereas cypress mulch is made out of the bark stripped from the outside of cypress trees, bulk mulch is made out of the wood from the interior of cypress trees. If you buy this type of mulch, it’s important that you know it must be removed from the ground before you add a new layer of mulch. Why? Bulk mulch does not break down, so applying a fresh layer of mulch on top of the existing layer will lead to the mulch retaining a lot of moisture from the ground. This could eventually cause mold to grow and could even attract insects and pests.

Rubber Mulch

Rubber mulch is colored, so many people are drawn to it when choosing a mulch for their yard. However, this is not a good choice for your home. Rubber mulch is made from pieces of old tires and is dyed before being sold to consumers. If placed in your garden, it will not help your soil retain water. In fact, it will suck up the moisture from the ground and harm your plants. See the rubber mulch concerns.
Now that you know about the many different types of mulch, it’s time to get in touch with the professionals to begin transforming your yard! Call My Landscaper, the premier landscaping design company in Denver. Contact us today to discuss your landscaping needs with our team of experts!