Tips to use mulch in your yard's landscaping

Posted on: 18 June 2021

Your yard's landscaping and vegetation make a big difference to the appearance of your landscaping and also to the soil and the plants growing within. But to use and install your mulch, you need to consider some basics about this landscaping method. Here are some recommendations for you to use mulch in your yard for improved landscaping and soil.

Select the Right Mulch

As you consider all the different types of mulch materials available through local garden shops and landscape suppliers, you can choose from wood chips, bark, pine straw, and even gravel to use as mulch around your yard and garden. However, you can choose the type of mulch with what area you are covering and how you want it to look. You can match the bark mulch with the exterior of your home and its surroundings, with a selection of brown, red, grey, black, or a neutral tan mulch. 

Ask your local mulch supplier about the colours available with organic mulch so you can choose the right option. Then, ask about the delivery for your choice, which can be deposited within your property or on the installation site to help you spread it throughout your yard.

You can also look for a mulch depending on the season to help promote your soil health. For example, pine bark and straw is great for winter mulch, and shredded leaves are good for the fall. Rock and gravel makes great mulch as a ground cover but not around some types of vegetation. Rock can increase the pH of the soil to make it more acidic, so check before you spread it around your vegetation. And also be sure to install a landscape fabric below the rock to keep the rock and soil from combining.

Combine Your Own Mulch

When you have access to your own mulch materials within your yard, you can create your own mulch mixtures that provide your yard with beneficial results. In the summer, you can trim your lawn each week and spread the lawn clippings over your soil as a layer of organic lawn mulch. Be careful that you don't apply the lawn clippings too thickly as it won't dry out and will clump together in a thick layer. Spread the lawn clippings in a thin layer so they can dry out property to begin to decompose and provide nutrients back into your soil.

If you have any dead tree branches from trees in your yard or from a neighbor, look at chipping these up with a wood chipper to make your own wood chip mulch. You can rent a wood chipper from a local tool rental company and chip the wood yourself, or arrange for this through a landscape professional. Then, try mixing the wood chips in with fallen leaves in the fall or winter to keep your soil protected over winter. Reach out to a professional who provides mulch delivery when you decide what you'd like.