Get the high-quality organic mulch you need to kill weeds and keep your curb appealing. We deliver throughout Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin. Call to place your order today!
Our most popular and proven mulch comes shredded like a pulled pork sandwich and the color of French Roast coffee.
Premium Bark Mulch
Made mostly of the bark of a tree with a deep, dark brown color (almost black) and has the consistency of a spent coffee ground.
This elegant ground cover comes dyed dark brown like a Hershey’s Kiss, perfect if you want to make your guests’ mouths water.
Our most rustic blend comes tinted and dyed the color of a red barn door for a very down-home feel.
Find the Right Mulch for Your Situation
So, which mulch should you pick? Good question! Here are our recommendations for different scenarios:
What is the Best Mulch for Gardens or Flower Beds?
Looking to keep weeds away from your precious greenery? You can’t go wrong with our premium hardwood mulch. It provides the coverage necessary to suppress weeds while also nutrifying the soil as the organic material decomposes.
Which Mulch Works Best for Slopes or Trees?
If you need to cover a slope or the base of a tree, then you need a mulch that won’t roll away easily. Because our premium hardwood comes shredded, its pieces hold together well. They will stand firm on even the steepest grades.
What is the Best Mulch for Curb Appeal?
Our chocolate and red mulches are excellent options if you’re going for an eye-popping aesthetic. These dyed mulches are the perfect addition to any outdoor decorator’s color pallet.
Which Mulch Do Your Recommend for Special Events?
The right mulch can work wonders for an outdoor party, especially if it’s going to serve as a backdrop for photos. The most photogenic mulch we offer is our premium bark mulch. Its classy dark brown color and granular texture make it the perfect addition to a classy affair.
Which Mulch is the Easiest to Use?
Most of our customers want a mulch that spreads easy and gives lasting results. To them we recommend our premium hardwood mulch. It’s by far the most popular, proven and cost-effective ground cover we offer.
Call 815-337-1451 to place your mulch order today!
Whether you need one cubic yard or one hundred, you can custom order as much mulch as you need. If you’re not sure how much mulch you should order, then you can use our mulch calculator below!
Enjoy the Convenient Mulch Delivery You Deserve
We want to make it as easy as possible for you to get our premium mulch. That’s why we offer efficient mulch delivery to your location or easy curbside pickup at our business.
Our team is just a phone call away when you need us. We will provide all the support and attention you need throughout the entire buying process.
Keep Reading to Get the Most Out of Your Mulch
At Lumberjacks, we don’t just sell premium mulch. We also strive to help our customers get the most out of our products.
That’s why we’ve put together this comprehensive guide to becoming a mulch master. Keep reading to learn everything you need to know about premium mulch, including:
- What is the Purpose of Mulching
- Should I Choose Organic or Inorganic Mulch?
- When is the Best Time to Put Down Mulch?
- What are the Benefits of Mulch in Flowerbeds?
- How Do You Lay Mulch Around a Foundation?
- What is the Best Mulch for Trees and Shrubs?
- What Type of Mulch Lasts the Longest?
- Is It Necessary to Get Rid of Old Mulch?
- Where Should I Buy Premium Mulch Near Me?
Got all that? Good! Then let’s begin.
What is the Purpose of Mulching?
There’s a reason mulching is so common in outdoor work. Wherever there is uncovered soil (e.g., landscape beds or garden plots), you need mulch there to work wonders for that portion of your yard.
So, what are the premium mulch advantages? Let’s count them off, shall we?
- Mulch suppresses weeds.
- Organic mulch can feed the soil to keep it healthy.
- The protective covering keeps the soil moist.
- Mulch also maintains a constant soil temperature for healthy plant growth.
- Dense layers of mulch keep the soil underneath from eroding.
- It also looks a whole lot better than leaving the soil uncovered!
In short, mulch is the secret ingredient that keeps your landscape beds and garden plots healthy and attractive. What’s not to love about that?
Should I Choose Organic or Inorganic Mulch?
There are two main categories of mulch: organic and inorganic. Organic mulch consists of natural materials like bark, straw and compost. Inorganic mulch, on the other hand, contains things like plastic, rubber and rocks.
Both types of mulch do a fine job of preventing weeds, keeping the soil moist and looking good. So, which type is the superior choice?
The answer is organic mulch, and the competition isn’t as close as it may seem. In fact, we’d go so far as to say that organic mulch wins by a landslide!
You see, because it consists of lifeless materials, inorganic mulch has nothing to give back to the soil. Therefore, it cannot feed the soil and foster plant life nearly as well as its organic counterpart.
That’s why we only consider organic wood mulch to be premium mulch. After all, only organic mulch can give you everything you’re looking for and more from a ground covering.
When is the Best Time to Put Down Mulch?
Unfortunately, we can’t give you an exact date and time for putting down mulch to get the best results. That would be too easy!
The truth is the best time to lay down mulch will depend on the types of plants you have and the results you’re looking to achieve.
Often, it’s a good idea to put down mulch in mid-spring. You’ll want to resist the urge to put down mulch in early spring because you need to give the soil a chance to warm up a little. If you put down the mulch too soon, you could stunt the growth of any plants you’re laying the mulch around.
Premium mulch does an excellent job of insulating the soil. So, whatever the soil’s temperature is when you put the mulch down, that’s the temperature it will remain.
Because of this, it may also make sense for you to put down a layer of mulch in the fall. This fall layer will retain the soil moisture as the deep freeze of winter sets in. Of course, some plants need the soil to cool down during the winter. So, fall mulching may not make sense in those instances.
Once again, the best time to mulch will depend on what’s best for your soil and plants. We leave it up to you, the expert gardener, to make the ultimate decision.
What are the Benefits of Mulch in Flowerbeds?
If you love to have beautiful flowerbeds around your home, then we cannot overstate the importance of premium mulch. The amazing ground covering offers a variety of perks that will help you dominate growing season. Here are just a few:
- It stifles weeds.
- Flowers stay hydrated
- It insulates the soil.
- Plants grow sturdier.
- It defends against harmful pests and winter weather.
- Flowerbeds with mulch look amazing!
We could go on, but we think you get the point. Premium mulch belongs in flowerbeds because nothing protects natural beauty quite like it!
How Do You Lay Mulch Around a Foundation?
When laying premium mulch around the foundation of your home, there are a couple of things to keep in mind: 1) Organic wood mulch can be flammable, and 2) mulch can also create an ideal environment for termites. Therefore, if you live in an area prone to wildfires or termite infestation, you may want to take the following precautions.
To lower the risk of fires, avoid laying mulch any deeper than 3 inches and keep it at least 18 inches away from your foundation. To lower the risk of termite infestation, keep at least one foot of space between the mulch and your foundation or siding.
If you aren’t as worried about fires or termites, then you will probably be okay laying the mulch right next to your foundation. Just make sure you clear out the weeds and slope the soil away from your home before adding the mulch.
What is the Best Mulch for Trees and Shrubs?
Laying mulch around trees and shrubs is a great idea. However, it’s also an opportunity to improve your plants’ health and wellbeing that you won’t want to waste. So, don’t just spread any mulch around your trees or shrubs. Instead, pick an organic mulch.
Organic options like premium hardwood mulch will benefit your trees and shrubs by fortifying and feeding the soil. In contrast, inorganic options like plastic and rubber pellets don’t provide any nutritional benefits.
Other Benefits of Mulch Around Trees and Shrubs
Of course, these aren’t the only benefits premium mulch provides for trees and shrubs. It also protects the plant roots by increasing the amount of water they get, reducing temperature fluctuations in the soil and creating a barrier between the roots and harmful mower blades and foot traffic.
How to Lay Mulch Around Trees
Mulch can also be detrimental to trees if you lay it incorrectly. To get all of the benefits listed above, follow these best practices:
- Keep the depth to no more than 2-4 inches so that the roots can breathe.
- Avoid piling mulch high around the tree trunk. Instead, keep the mulch away so that the root flare (the area where the trunk meets the roots) is showing.
- Lay the mulch all the way out to the tree’s drip line.
What Type of Mulch Lasts the Longest?
It’s understandable to want your mulch to last a long time. After all, you want to get the most bang for your buck, right?
Here’s the thing, though, the longest-lasting mulch isn’t necessarily the best mulch for your soil.
For example, if you want a mulch that you will never have to replace, you could go with an inorganic option like stones or rubber. The problem with these options is they don’t provide any nutrients to stimulate plant growth. So, sure they’ll look good, but your plants could suffer in the meantime.
Clearly, longevity isn’t everything when it comes to premium mulch. Shorter-lasting but more nutritious options like hardwood mulch and premium bark mulch are a more worthwhile investment.
Is It Necessary to Get Rid of Old Mulch?
No, it is not necessary to get rid of old mulch before adding a new batch. In fact, you will be doing more harm than good if you remove the organic mulch you added last year!
The reason for this is that old mulch likely still has nutrients to provide the soil. It’s not through decomposing, so let it do its thing.
In the meantime, you can add new mulch on top of the old, and they should mix just fine. Moreover, if there’s still a good amount left covering your landscape beds from last year, you can save some money by not having to order as much new mulch.
In this sense, premium mulch is the gift that keeps on giving!
Where Should I Buy Premium Mulch Near Me?
When shopping for premium hardwood mulch, there are a few things you should keep in mind. First, you want to make sure that the company selling the mulch is trustworthy. Do they process their mulch on-site? Do they put it through a quality inspection process? The best companies don’t just break up some wood and put it in a bag. Rather, they put the time and effort into producing a quality product.
You should also make sure the company does mulch delivery the right way. They should be upfront about when the delivery will occur and where they will drop off the mulch. You should be able to specify exactly where the mulch pile should go, and they should follow your instructions to the T.
Anything less is not worth your time.
Are You Ready to Get Mulching?
We hope this comprehensive guide has answered your burning questions about premium mulch. If you still have any unanswered queries, we’d be happy to provide the answers.
At Lumberjacks, we’ve been producing premium mulch for many years now. We have a variety of options available, including hardwood bark mulch and whole tree chips, and we deliver throughout the Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin regions.
Please give us a call today at 815-337-1451 to get your questions answered or place an order. Who loves you? Lumberjacks loves you!
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