3 Most Popular Mulch Options for Your YardPublished on: July 24, 2018
Choosing the Right Bark Mulch
How can anyone decide what mulch to use when there are so many different types? If you find yourself unsure of which type to use, don’t sweat! You aren’t the only one wondering. Before we jump in, here are a few benefits of using mulch in your landscape:
- Retains moisture
- Regulates temperature
- Suppresses weed growth
- Reduces erosion
- Allows water permeation
- Supports beneficial organisms (needed for healthy soil)
- Provides excellent aesthetics
Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, lets get into choosing the perfect groundcover for your landscape. We’ve outlined our 3 most popular types of mulch plus included some reasons why you would choose one over the other.
Derived from Shredded Redwood
An exceptionally long-lasting, decorative ground cover, this material is fibrous, fuzzy in nature, and rich in color. It increases moisture retention and weed reduction.
- Best used on hillsides and slopes
Derived from Fir Bark
Used for decorative groundcover rather than for pathways, these bark nuggets are more substantial and longer-lasting than the shredded materials. The bark nuggets are also easier to spread and rake than other types of mulch.
- Ideal for larger areas that are high in traffic
- Most popular based on overall aesthetics
Derived from Douglas Fir
Smaller than standard walk-on barks, this material has the lush appearance and cushioned feel of the forest floor. Consisting of various particle sizes, this fibrous and woody bark mixture interlocks (knits down) after installation.
- Perfect for vegetable gardens, and around plants and trees
- Most versatile choice as it works well in all applications
Other Types of Landscape Groundcover
We’ve discussed our top three mulch choices, which in our experience have been the best-sellers for homeowners, DIYers, contractors, and landscape designers. While these are popular and effective, there are quite a few other options if you’re looking to try something new! Explore all the types of groundcover and mulch available at Southwest Boulder, and feel free to contact us if you need help deciding which is right for your project. Be sure to check out our Projects page for creative groundcover inspiration.
As always, best of luck with your project!