What is it? Why Use it? What do we offer?
Natural mulch is typically made from tree bark and is used to conserve soil moisture, improve the fertility and health of the soil, and reduce weed growth. Many use it to enhance the beauty of their gardens and outdoor spaces as well. Mulching helps your plants, shrubs and trees maintain healthy root systems by protecting them from frost, cold and harmful UV rays. Mulch naturally suppresses weed growth and adds nutrients to the soil for thriving, healthy plants.
The main varieties of mulch we offer are made from the bark of hemlock, pine, spruce, and cedar trees. We carry a selection of dyed and natural mulches to fit everyone's desires and budgets.
Here are the varieties of mulch we offer:
The rich, dark color of our brown mulch offers a simple touch of beauty to all your outdoor spaces. Many customers like that the natural look of the brown color is known to retain its deep hue throughout the season. Natural look without the natural fade, how can you go wrong? Contains only virgin bark from spruce trees.
Trail mix chipping consists of wood chips, some leafy material, sticks, pine needles, etc. It is a mix of virgin soft and hard woods, not particularly uniform in size or shape, and is sold at various stages of aging. Popular with mushroom farmers, blueberry growers, and those building woods trails, this is our most budget friendly variety of "mulch". Depending on your usage, we can supply well aged trail mix or a fresh trail mix. Just ask for more information!
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As its name implies, this mulch is straight natural cedar. Not color enhanced at all, the natural color will add beauty to any garden or outdoor project. The added benefit of cedar's natural insect repellent qualities will help keep pesky bugs off your plants and is helpful in dog play areas as well.
Bark Based Erosion Control Mulch, also known as Budget Mulch, is a mixture of bark mulch and wood fiber. This mix meets the State of Maine standards for erosion control. More economical than our premium mulches, some customers choose this as a budget friendly mulch for their gardens.
Our "certified safe" playground chips are processed using virgin softwood so the chips are clean and fresh. IPEMA certified to ASTM F1292 standards for use on and around playground equipment. We deliver these chips to many local daycare facilities as they meet all state requirements for outdoor play areas. Some customers choose to use this as mulch in gardens or for walkways because its natural yet uniform look is very appealing.
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~Helpful Tips Regarding Mulching~
There are generally two periods you should be mulching. After the ground has thawed in the spring, a 2" layer of mulch should be applied to your garden beds. A second layer of mulch applied in the fall, after the ground begins to freeze, will help to insulate and protect your plants.
It's generally not a good idea to place mulch directly in contact with stems or tree trunks as excess moisture will be retained around the base of the plant. Soil that is too wet can bring about a whole host of diseases. Giving the base of your plants and shrubs room to breathe will help your plants thrive.
Mulch applied too thickly can cause a lot of problems. When wood mulches are over 3" deep, a thatch-like mat can form, keeping water from penetrating through to the soil below. Good intentions of protecting your plants from too-thick mulch can suddenly deprive the plants of the moisture they need to live. Mulch that stays damp can also contribute to root and stem rot problems in addition to depriving plants of needed oxygen.
Replacing the mulch will help to continue enriching your soil and keep your garden fertile. Not sure when it's time to replace the mulch? The color and appearance will be a good clue. Many of our mulches retain color longer than traditional mulch, but as it fades you will learn to recognize that as a sign to renew your mulch and refresh your plants as well as the appearance of your garden. Many experienced gardeners completely replace the mulch every spring to keep their gardens as healthy as possible.