Mulch | Sugar Hollow Farms

A Quick Guide to Successful Mulching

The word “mulch” has many meanings and uses. In general though, mulch is any organic or inorganic material that is spread over soil as a protective covering.

Mulch comes from a wide variety of sources, and not all are equal. Mulch provides a vast array of benefits for your yard or garden. But proper usage is critical, and following best practices can mean life or death for your plants and garden.

Mulch helps you by:

  • Supporting plants, especially infant seedlings.
  • Releasing nutrients slowly into the soil.
  • Slowing or halting leaching of nutrients.
  • Helping to suppress weeds.
  • Avoiding vitamin loss in plants.
  • Saving you money on fertilizer.
  • Providing cool shade for vulnerable seedlings.
  • Insulating the soil and roots – keeping them cool in the summer and warm in the winter.
  • Reducing watering time and money by conserving moisture.
  • Boosting beneficial micro-organisms and earthworms.
  • Conserving time and energy spent cultivating.
  • Enhancing soil drainage and structure.
  • Recycling waste.
  • Protecting plants from getting splashed with mud during rain or watering (prevents disease).
  • Preventing erosion and soil compaction from people stepping on the ground.
  • Giving a habitat for plant-friendly insects.
  • Acting as a clean surface for produce to fall.
  • Making your yard and garden look nicer.

The dryer and woodier the mulch, the slower it will compost. This means it is not the most efficient solution for bringing nutrients into the soil. On the other hand, woodier, “chunkier” mulches can be left in place for longer periods. Larger pieces are usually preferred for decorative purposes. Decorative mulch adds color, style and character to your outdoor space when done correctly.

Layering Mulch Properly

Before starting, you have to decide what areas you want to be mulched. Some people have their whole yards layered, others prefer to only do flower beds and gardens, around trees and plants or inanimate objects and walkways.

Our professionals will initially work out a cohesive design using whatever ideas you already have. The result should be consistent, connected and beautiful to look at.

Layering properly is more important than doing it at a particular time. Mulch can be layered any time of year, but having it done in the early springtime will allow rain to help break it down and improve the soil. If it is done before most perennials come up, they will generally grow through it. If your plants are already sprouted, you don’t want too much mulch touching the plant stalks.

SugarHollow Landscaping has been in this business for 30 plus years. We’ve been helping area homeowners like you make your landscaping dreams come true for a long time. Our clients have time and time again expressed their gratitude for our customized, hands-on approach and individual attention.

We Offer the Following Types of Mulch and Related Services:

  • Expert Mulch Layering
  • Single Ground Wood Chips
  • Double Ground Hardwood
  • Double Ground Bark
  • Dyed Red
  • Dyed Black
  • Dyed Brown
  • Canadian Cedar
  • Certified Playground

Sugar Hollow Farms has a carefully chosen, complete list of the most trustworthy, professional and established contractors you can possibly find in the area. Whatever it is you are looking for, we can help you find the right solution.