What Mulch Should I Use?

Updated: Sep 26, 2018

There are many benefits to using mulch in your #landscape. There are a few different things to consider when trying to determine what type of mulch you want in your yard.

  1. Vegetation needs - are there plants that need to be protected from bugs and disease? For prevalent weeds, opt for larger sized chips and thinner layers

  2. Average root temperature - here in Virginia Beach, heat can be an issue for roots

  3. Nutrient quality - #organic mulch does work for the biosphere of your lawn

  4. Durability and cost is important because it affects your financial bottom line!

  5. Design preference is a big factor and mulch comes in many #colorful styles

What types of mulch are there?

There is a wide variety of natural options for any landscape scheme.

  • Pine straw adds a natural look to gardens, though it will lower soils pH and can induce nitrogen deficiency (be on the lookout for yellowing leaves!).

  • Sawdust improves clay soil and is attractive and readily available. You will need to increase nitrogen when using sawdust, as it ties up nitrogen as it decomposes.

  • Leaves and lawn clippings are affordable options, though the risk of pest and disease increase with these methods and they break down faster.

  • Hulls and peat moss both make attractive mulches, but need constant replenishment due to low weight making the material blow away easily. They are also very expensive compared to other options.

Organic options will need replenishment more often, and so inorganic mulch options might be for your #landscape. Sheet mulches are great options for the high tech garden. New geotextiles, often called landscape fabrics, control weeds and protect from harmful heat and UV rays. Rocks and gravel can be used in combination with sheet mulches. It is recommended to use sheet mulch under gravel where no further planting is expected to be done, as it can serve as a very effective weed deterrent by preventing any plant life from growing.


Walnut and Cedar wood chips and shavings should be avoided due to the toxic chemicals produced in a process called allelopathy.

Give the lawn care professionals at LawnCraft LawnCare a call or book online now for your mulch spreading needs.

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