It’s time to dominate mulch season. We’re not talking about laying down any old mulch and hoping for the best. We’re talking about killing weeds, helping plants grow strong and making your landscape beds drop-dead gorgeous.
How do you do this? The game plan starts and ends with the best mulch for sale in the Chicagoland region.
The good news is this mulch is just a phone call away.
But perhaps we’re getting ahead of ourselves. What makes this the best mulch around anyway?
Keep reading to learn more about our mulch and find helpful answers to important related questions.
The Not-So-Secret Formula for Amazing Mulch
Our philosophy when it comes to mulch production is to keep it simple. After all, it doesn’t take much to produce great-looking mulch that gets the job done. It’s only a three-step process:
- Get responsibly harvested hardwood.
- Put the hardwood into the mulch processor to produce pure organic mulch.
- Deliver that mulch to customers in the exact amounts they need.
So, when you order from us, you get the hardwood mulch you need without any impurities. This pure hardwood doesn’t contain anything that could harm your plants. It will only nourish the soil, and it comes in four attractive options to beautify your property:
- Premium hardwood mulch
- Premium bark mulch
- Chocolate mulch
- Red mulch
Not sure which option to choose from? We can help you with that, too. One of our salespeople would be happy to help you over the phone. You can also stop by one of our locations in Woodstock, IL, or Lake in the Hills, IL, to sample some of the mulch for yourself.
Speaking of our salespeople, they are some of the most helpful in the business. Don’t believe us? Check out the next section, in which the team has put together a list of common questions and our answers to help you with your mulch shopping.
9 Common Questions About Mulch for Sale Near Me Answered
We want to help you get the most out of your mulch. For this reason, we’ve taken the time to answer the questions we most often hear from mulch shoppers.
The answers below are based on the knowledge we’ve gained from our three decades in the industry. We hope you find them useful as you utterly dominate mulch season!
1. What Type of Mulch Is Best?
The best type of mulch is 100% organic hardwood mulch. This mulch will give your soil the most nutrients as it decomposes, which will lead to healthier plants and more beautiful gardens.
Conversely, if mulch is less than 100% organic, it won’t provide as many nutrients and could harm the soil. Some manufacturers mix chemically treated wood, such as leftover wood from old pallets, with organic hardwood to save money. This leftover wood has nothing to offer the soil other than potentially harmful chemicals.
Many inorganic mulch options are also available, such as rubber, plastic or rock mulch. While these options won’t necessarily hurt the soil, they won’t help it either. Only 100% organic hardwood is 100% healthy for the soil.
2. Which Mulch Is Best to Prevent Weeds?
Mulch made from organic hardwoods like oak or hickory is most effective at preventing weeds. These sturdy woods provide the dense covering necessary to prevent weed growth while also nourishing the soil.
Hardwood mulch is also much heavier than softwood options like cedar mulch. This is important because it won’t blow or wash away in storms as easily. Instead, the hardwood mulch will stay put and continue to suppress weeds for the long haul.
3. Is Mulch or Rock Better for Landscaping?
Organic hardwood mulch is better than rock because of how effectively it nourishes the soil. While rocks are low maintenance and longer lasting than hardwood mulch, they do not provide any nutrients for the soil. Moreover, they also can overheat the ground and mess with the pH of the soil to harm your plants.
Organic mulch, on the other hand, effectively insulates the soil to keep it at a perfect temperature all year long. It also gives the soil the nutrients it needs for healthy plant growth and fewer weeds.
4. Will Mulch Attract Termites?
One common concern our customers have is if laying mulch will attract termites and other pests. The best way to keep from attracting termites is not laying your mulch too thick. Mulch that is over 3-inches deep creates an ideal habitat for termites. So, keep your mulch between 2-3-inches deep to lessen the likelihood of infestation.
5. Is It Okay to Put Mulch Next to Your House?
Yes, you can lay mulch next to your house. However, there are some best practices to keep in mind to do this safely. For example, if you’re concerned about termites, then you will want to keep the mulch at least one foot away from the foundation of your home. Keeping the mulch 18 inches away from the foundation can also help if you’re concerned about fires. In either scenario, a depth of less than 3 feet is also recommended.
For more information on this topic, please check out our blog on how to lay mulch around a foundation.
6. How Many Inches of Mulch Do I Need to Stop Weeds?
A layer of hardwood mulch between 2-3 inches thick should be enough to effectively keep weeds at bay. However, you won’t want to go deeper than 2-3 inches because that could suffocate your soil and stifle plant growth. It could also lead to other problems like termite infestation or fire hazards.
7. Do You Need to Pull Weeds Before Mulching?
Yes! Hardwood mulch keeps new weeds from growing. However, if you put mulch down before removing old weeds, it can help those weeds grow just like it helps your plants grow. So, you’ll want to take the time to completely uproot any visible weeds before putting down mulch.
8. What Should I Put Down Before Mulching?
Along with pulling any visible weeds, you can also put down chemical weed killer to ensure the area is completely free of weeds before mulching. Just be sure to follow the instructions on the product to use it safely.
Some customers also wonder if they need to add landscape fabric before putting down mulch. We wouldn’t recommend this because it only serves as an unnecessary barrier between the mulch and the soil. By laying a 2-3-inch layer of mulch directly on the ground, you’ll provide the soil with the nutrients it needs and effectively suppress weeds.
9. Should You Mulch Every Year?
You don’t necessarily need to put down mulch every year. However, you will want to keep an eye on the mulch to determine the best time to add more.
The appearance of organic hardwood mulch tends to fade after a year or two. When this happens, it helps to add more mulch to refresh its appearance. However, you don’t need to get rid of the old mulch before adding the new. It’s better to leave that old mulch because it likely still has nutrients to offer the soil. It takes around six or seven years for the mulch to completely break down and lose its nutrients.
So, ultimately, the choice of when to add new mulch is up to you. If you notice that your old mulch is fading and getting sparse, then it’s probably a good time to add a fresh new layer.
Get Premium Mulch for Your Front or Backyard Today!
Those landscape and flowerbeds are calling. We hope this post has helped you answer their call with beautiful organic hardwood.
If you still have questions, please give us a call at 815-337-1451 or check out this comprehensive guide to premium mulch.