So, you want to add mulch to your landscape… But, how do you use it? #TeamSerene is here to help! Our trusted professionals are bringing you five tried and true tips when working with mulch.

1. A little goes a long way

Yes, you can overuse mulch and the resulting consequence? Killing your plants! A layer of mulch should not exceed three inches as it can cause roots to grow shallow and leave your roots exposed during dry periods.

2. Mulch in the fall

Mulching is not only for the spring and summer! Adding a layer of mulch in the fall before winter sets in will allow it to act as an insulator for your plants when the temperature drops.

3. Don’t remove mulch

Once you’ve started mulching, you have to stay with it. Removing mulch can cause the soil to dry out and leave your plant’s roots injured.

4. Don’t mound mulch around trees

This is easily the most common mistake many first-time mulch users make. Mounding, or creating a volcano shape, around the trunk of a tree will ultimately lead to many problems like bark rot, disease, and insect problems. You can create a deeper layer, about four inches, around the tree, but make sure to bring the edges higher, creating a saucer like shape. This will keep the mulch away from the trunk, and help hold and distribute water to the tree’s root system!

5. Use heavier mulch materials in areas you won’t be digging much

Woody or bark mulches are perfect for areas where you don’t be doing a lot of digging, like in flower beds. Lighter mulch materials such as straw, is easily worked into the soil, making it better for areas like vegetable gardens where digging and replanting is common.

In search of the perfect mulch for your home? Serene Landscape Group offers bulk landscape material delivery! We offer a variety of materials including mulch, soil, decorative stone, and more. We’ll do the heavy lifting and bring the materials directly to your site. Contact us today to get started!