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It is Veteran's Day 2014. 11/11/14. First off, we at SB Turf, Inc. & SB Mulch, Inc. would like to thank our veterans, past & present, for the wonderful sacrifice and service they have given for this wonderful United States of America.

In a few days, we are going to be getting another frost here in the Galivants Ferry area. Mother Nature has been dropping fresh pine needles for about 2 weeks in this area in preparation for the frost. [Pine straw is considered an organic mulch. To find the best quality needles, I suggest getting a local homeowner who has a lot of pine trees to give you his / her pine needles if you will rake the needles for them. We at SB Mulch, Inc. stopped our sale of bulk pine needles about 2 years ago because of quality and availability issues. Again, the best quality needles are going to come from locals who have fresh-fallen needles in their yards. Do you have a high-schooler who needs some after-school responsibility? Give them a rake and tell them to go to homes with lots of pine trees in the yards! They could make some money for raking the needles, plus there is a chance they could sell off the pine straw to a homeowner who wants the freshest possible pine straw.]

Anyway, mulching your plants and trees NOW before the coming frosts acts as a blanket for your living plants and trees. At this time of year, mulch:
  • insulates the ground / dirt / soil
  • protects roots of plants and trees that could still be "hardening" off 
  • prevents loss of water by evaporation from the soil

Newly installed plant material is the most vulnerable at this time of year. Have you put down any new shrubs or trees since the Spring? You may want to consider mulching.

Here are a few things to consider if you choose to mulch in the Fall: 
  • Use caution when mulching around a tree trunk, leave some open area around the trunk. Don't build a "mulch triangle" at the bottom of the tree trunk. Instead, aim to create a sort of "mulch bowl" around the base of the tree.
  • Give your plants a good watering BEFORE you mulch. Then be sure to winterize your hoses and watering equipment so that a frost will not burst your equipment beyond repair.
  • Do not give in to the urge to over-mulch. Too much of a good thing is possible when it comes to mulching around plants and trees. 4" is a gracious plenty.
  • Mulching with a good layer of mulch NOW could prevent spring weeds from wreaking havoc in your landscape come the Spring of 2015.

If you have any questions about mulching, please give us a call at 843-358-2574. Are you ready for the winter season? It is coming quickly now that we are out of October!

 
 
We are all convinced of the benefits of using landscape mulch. There are numerous reasons to choose to mulch flower beds and landscaped areas of homes and property. The question of the day (well, maybe the question of the year) is should I use bagged mulch or bulk mulch? Which type of mulch is best to use? "I see bagged mulch around in stores and at gas stations, and I see bulk mulch at these mom & pop locations on the side of the road. How do I know if bulk mulch is better than bagged? Or vice-versa?" The benefits of using bulk mulch instead of bagged mulch vary depending on who you ask, but we can put the hard facts on 5 reasons why bulk mulch is better than bagged mulch.
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1. The first reason that bulk mulch is better than bagged mulch is the price. You do the math. Or better yet, we'll help you do the math. At Lowe's, a 2 cubic foot bag of Scott's bark mulch is around $4.97, not including sales tax. You need approximately 13 1/2 bags (at 2 cubic feet per bag) of mulch to equal one yard of bulk mulch. Landscape supply stores typically sell bulk mulch for around $30 - $35 per yard. If you bought 14 bags (I doubt Lowe's would be willing to sell you 1/2 a bag of mulch) of the bagged product, that would cost you $69.58. That is almost double the cost of bulk mulch!! Now, I don't know about you, but that is a very compelling reason (alone) to use bulk mulch instead of bagged mulch.
2. The second reason why bulk mulch is better than bagged mulch is because  


 
 
SB Mulch and mulch flammabilityPhoto credit Nicholas Keefer & WMBF.
About 10 days ago, in March 2013, the Carolina Forest community of Windsor Green experienced a devastating fire. Many people associate wildfires happening out west where weather conditions are mostly dry -- not right here in South Carolina near the ocean. National Geographic states, though, that only 3 factors need to be present for a wildfire to occur; this is known as the "fire triangle." The 3 factors are: fuel, oxygen, and a heat source. That being said, Horry County, South Carolina is just as vulnerable to a wild fire as anywhere else in the world.
If a destructive fire is burning out of control, and your home is near it, you are probably going to