Mulch = Magic
Did you know that mulching your landscape plants is one of the most important ways you can keep them healthy? "Mulch" is really any type of material that is put over the top of the existing dirt or soil for protection or improvement of the place you have covered with mulch. We here at SB Mulch specialize in wood mulch. In fact, that is really the only type of mulch we offer. We used to carry pine straw, but we discontinued our supply of bulk pine needles in the year 2012.
There are 2 broad spectrum types of mulch: ORGANIC and INORGANIC. Wood mulch like we have is considered to be ORGANIC because it is made of natural material such as bark or wood chips. Other types of organic mulch would be leaves, yard clippings of grass, pine needles, etc. Organic mulches decompose and return to the earth from whence they came. FYI, since it is a natural & organic material, wood mulch seems to attract insects, slugs, worms, and the birds that eat these natural critters. These things are part of nature, and they "give back" to the landscape. Inorganic mulch material can be black plastic, landscape fabric, pebbles, gravel, etc. Unlike our organic wood mulch, these inorganic substances do not decompose over time.
BENEFITS OF MULCHING
How much mulch do I need?
Tools you need are: measuring tape, pencil & paper.
Nothing fancy... maybe some landscape paint
to mark off your area to be mulched.
1. Determine how thick you want the mulch to be. We say a good rule of thumb is at least 3" thick. Thicker is better!
2. desired thickness x .08 = a
[ex: 3" x .08 = a = .24]
3. In feet, measure the LENGTH of the area you are trying to cover with mulch.
This is represented by "L"
4. In feet, measure the WIDTH of the area you are trying to cover with mulch. This is represented by "W"
5. Multiply L x W = b
[example 54' x 5' = b = 270 sq feet
Using numbers from right...
1. Multiply a x b = c
[.24 x 270 = c = 65]
2. Divide c / 27 =
mulch yardage needed.
Using numbers from the examples here:
65 / 27 = 2.4 yards
We suggest you round up, so you would need 3 yards of mulch for a 270 sq ft area covered with a 3" thickness of mulch.