Spring is finally here, and with it comes a blooming opportunity to beautify your lawn. Once the weeds are pulled, and everything is tidy, your outdoor space likely looks a little plain. If you’re looking for something practical yet beautiful to enhance your curb appeal, we suggest trying landscaping mulch.
You can use landscaping mulch in your outdoor space in so many unique ways. Thanks to the range of colors and types, mulch can help you create nearly any aesthetic, from simple to extraordinary and modern to vintage. Below, we’ve provided nine fantastic ideas you can implement after your yard’s spring cleaning!
Beautiful Yet Practical Ideas for Using Landscaping Mulch
One of the best things about landscaping mulch is that it’s not just beautiful but practical, too. Some outdoor décor elements are pretty, but they serve no real purpose. Examples include rocks and paving stones.
But when you choose premium organic hardwood mulch, you’ll also feed your soil the nutrients it needs! When your soil has ample nutrients, your plants will thrive in turn! Plus, landscaping mulch is a low-maintenance, cost-effective solution that solves aesthetics and lawn health in a single swoop. It’s a win-win any way you look at it.
What will you create with your mulch this season? We’ve compiled nine ideas below to help you get your creativity flowing.
Idea #1: Create a Rustic, Downhome Feel
Use red-colored mulch in your garden beds and along your driveway or sidewalk to create a rustic feel reminiscent of the relaxing countryside. We suggest choosing plants with a lot of greenery to complement this theme, like shrubbery, ferns and trees. If you’re looking for ornamental pieces to complement your rustic red mulch, consider farmhouse outdoor décor.
Idea #2: Opt for a Sleek, Modern Aesthetic
Is a sleek, modern aesthetic more your thing? Choose black mulch for your flower beds for an elegant look that makes your bright flowers pop. Use black-dyed mulch in all your flower beds for the most cohesive appearance, which pairs best with white or gray home exteriors. Ornamental pieces that pair well with a modern aesthetic include large white boulders and black metal seating.
Idea #3: Choose a Natural and Cohesive Design
Use premium hardwood mulch in your flower beds to create a more “tamed” nature. Pair with lots of greenery, like shrubs and clinging vines, for the most natural, cohesive design. Use décor that brings more nature to your yard! Prime examples include bird feeders, bird baths and squirrel feeders. If you want something special, consider a frog or koi pond.
Idea #4: Create Natural Pathways
Stone pavers and brick aren’t your only choice for creating paths through your outdoor space. Consider using mulch as a natural alternative that will feed the earth beneath it instead of destroying it. You can add a wood garden border for a neater design or leave the mulch as it is for something a little wilder.
Idea #5: Try an Elegant Gothic Theme
Gothic architecture is impressive, with the most notable features including stained glass windows and impressively detailed stone design. If you want to bring this elegant theme to your outdoor space, consider mixing red and black mulches for your garden beds and walkways.
Choose a stained glass (or dupe) for your outdoor table and use stone ornamental pieces. Adding gargoyle statues along the driveway beside your mixed mulch would be an awe-inspiring touch.
Idea #6: Add Depth to Your Garden Beds
Use brown or red mulch for the interior of your garden beds, and strategically outline the edges with black mulch. This will add the illusion of depth to your flower beds, so your plants will really pop! You can take this one step further by adding your shortest flowers at the front of your plot and the tallest at the back. For smaller plots, alternate tall and short flowers for a similar effect.
Idea #7: Highlight A Cozy Seating Area
Use mulch to draw attention to a cozy seating area. Consider using brown mulch as a border for an outdoor firepit and bench seats. Red mulch would be the perfect contrast to a black metal seating area – add a red umbrella for shade and to pull the look together! Have a cozy outdoor couch and loveseat in a neutral color? Add black mulch for a modern aesthetic!
Idea #8: Draw Attention to Your Centerpiece
Did you design your outdoor space with a centerpiece in mind? Maybe you have a large boulder, a waterfall fountain or a gazebo with intricate climbing vines. Whatever your centerpiece, you can highlight it by using landscaping mulch. To draw the most attention, consider a mulch that contrasts with the primary color of your centerpiece.
Idea #9: Go Minimalistic
Extravagance not your thing? That’s okay, you can still use our landscaping mulch in your outdoor space. Use natural, undyed mulch in your garden beds only and leave your lawn neat but undecorated. There’s nothing more wholesome than a well-maintained, open yard with plenty of room to play and perfectly neat flowerbeds!
Landscaping Mulch FAQs
You may have questions before using one of the landscaping mulch ideas above. That’s why we’ve answered a few frequently asked questions below. We hope it helps!
Is Mulch Good for Landscaping?
Yes! Landscaping mulch is a beautiful addition to any outdoor space – no matter the theme or aesthetic you’re going for! Plus, mulch serves several practical purposes. It suppresses weeds, helps soil moisture retention and feeds the soil as it decomposes.
How Often to Change Mulch?
One of the best things about organic hardwood mulch is that you don’t have to change it. Just add a layer of fresh mulch atop your old one once a year for simple upkeep. The old mulch will continue to decompose and add vital nutrients into your soil to feed your plants!
Is Colored Mulch Harmful or Toxic?
No! The dye used on our organic mulch is natural and harmless, so it’s perfectly safe for your landscape!
How Much Landscaping Mulch Should I Order?
It’s hard to answer this question because every project is different. However, we welcome you to use our handy mulch calculator! Input your information into the calculator to discover exactly how much landscaping mulch you’ll need for your specific project.
Why Choose Lumberjacks as My Mulch Supplier?
At Lumberjacks, we take pride in creating premium mulch (and kiln-dried firewood) and excelling in customer service! But you don’t have to take our word for it. You can check out our testimonials page to hear about our superior products and customer service from previous customers.
Does Lumberjacks Deliver Mulch?
Yes! Lumberjacks delivers our organic hardwood landscaping mulch from our convenient locations in Woodstock and Lake in the Hills, IL. We deliver to select areas throughout Chicagoland from here. If you’re unsure whether we deliver to your area, we welcome you to call us!
What If I Still Have Questions?
If you still have questions, we encourage you to check out our comprehensive mulch FAQs page. You can find many answers to common mulch questions there at any time of day or night. Or you can call us at (815) 337-1451 during regular business hours, and one of our dedicated team members will be happy to help!
Need Some Landscaping Mulch to Get Started?
Mulch is a versatile tool that serves the dual purposes of beautifying and nutrifying your lawn. Choosing organic premium mulch like we have at Lumberjacks is crucial in your quest to add as many nutrients to your soil as possible.
Plus, you get the added benefit of our unrivaled dedication to customer service and convenient delivery to select locations! Call us to place your mulch order today and start creating the landscape of your dreams.