Landscaping With Natural Wood MulchPublished on: March 09, 2023
Does Your Yard Look Tired?
For a homeowner, your yard can help reduce stress, improve your mood, increase curb appeal, and even increase your bottom line. But sometimes, it can be a tough job. Even if you’ve landscaped your yard to have a “timeless” look, weather and time will eventually take their toll.
Luckily, wood mulch can help you reclaim that curb appeal. Giving your property a wood mulch makeover can inject color and texture where it’s most needed. While the effects aren’t permanent, they are still a cost-effective and easy solution. Best of all, mulching requires little equipment or deep digging. It can be done over the weekend!
Here is some advice on choosing the right wood mulch for your DIY project.
Choosing the Right Wood Mulch for Your Project
If you’re looking for the right wood mulch for your project, consider the following properties of chip, bark, and shred.
5 Reasons to Choose Wood Mulch
- Eye-Catching Contrast
Wood mulch comes in many eye-catching colors and textures, bringing instant appeal to any landscape.
- Quick & Easy Installation
Whether you use a lot or a little, most wood mulch projects can be done in a day. Mulch is also lightweight which makes landscaping a breeze!
- Improve Soil Quality
Wood mulch is a “green” solution for problem soil. It’s a re-use of organic material that returns nutrients back to the soil as it decomposes. Also, it traps and provides much-needed moisture for plants on which it forms a protective layer.
- Long-Lasting & Inexpensive
Wood mulch is a long-lasting yet inexpensive material and depending on your climate, you may get many years out of it.
- Prevents Weeds Soil Erosion
Wood mulch creates a defensive layer in your garden beds stopping soil erosion as the mulch components lock together. Plus, a thick layer of mulch inhibits the growth of weeds by blocking sunlight and preventing weed seeds from germinating.
How to Install Wood Mulch
- Protect Yourself
When working in your garden or on your property, use gloves and masks. Allergies and splinters may seem like trivial issues, but why take the chance?
- Coverage Calculator
Use our helpful coverage calculator to determine how much wood mulch you’ll need for the project. Estimate that you will use a recommended depth of two to four inches.
- Perimeter Edging (Optional)
For a clean edge, set the perimeter of your installation area with steel, wood, or bender board and fasten it with stakes.
- Lay Down Landscape Fabric (Optional)
Roll out a layer of weed barrier over the compacted base or soil and fasten with landscape fabric staples. Note: If you’re planning to enrich your soil with wood mulch, omit this step.
- Spread & Compact
Drop wheelbarrows of wood mulch where needed, then rake to the right position. You may also want to tamp your mulch.
Ready, Set, Mulch!
Wood mulch is such a simple way to solve a bunch of landscaping challenges all at once. If you’re used to waiting weeks to see the results of changes you’ve made to your yard, you’ll be amazed at the instant gratification you can get by laying mulch in a single weekend.
Southwest Boulder & Stone is a top provider of premium mulch offering a huge selection of wood chips, barks, and shreds. As always, our landscape rock specialists are standing by ready to help you with your next landscaping project.
Now is the time to shake the dust off your tired yard. Get ready to mulch!