Garden Mulch

Types of Mulch for Your Garden

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Garden mulch suppresses weeds and acts like a blanket to protect your plants.

Mulch is defined as a layer of organic or inorganic material that completely covers the soil's surface.

Learn about the different types of mulch, organic mulch, and what the best mulch to use is.

Mulching in winter, protects the plants from damage due to heaving of the roots due to freezing and thawing.

Seasonal  mulch suppress weeds to help keep the garden weed free!

The mulch shields the soil from direct sun, to retain moisture. This means less watering for you!

I like to spread bark mulch around my roses to a depth of a few inches.

More recently, I've discovered Wood chips make great mulch! I like the price a whole lot better also!

The Types of mulch you choose will affect the look of your garden, so pick one that is most effective as well as pleasing to your eye.

Best Garden Mulches

Fir, Pine Bark, Pine Needles

They control weeds better than others, as they decompose slowly to make the best mulches.

Apply 2-3 inches thick

Marbel Chips or Gravel

Using stones for a garden mulch is great where wind or water erosion is a problem! They will last indefinitely. Because of their weight, they will not blow away, or be washed away.

Do check the ph of the soil if you use marble chips, as it can raise the ph.


If you have this available, Use It! It is very economical, and it adds nutrients to the soil! Apply 2-3 inches thick.

I usually add compost, and then top dress with an additional couple inches of bark as a garden mulch. The compost will decompose quickly, but the larger pieces of the bark, stay put longer.

Worst Mulches

For the Care of Roses, the worst mulch for your garden is;

Hay and Straw

Although you could use these, My opinion is the bad outweigh the good, but judge for yourself;

They often carry weed seeds. They make good hiding spots for rodents, They could be a fire hazard, and being lightweight, will blow away easily.

You can use grass clippings as mulch, if you dry it first, otherwise, it will give off excessive heat, and it does become rather slimy!

Spagnum Peat Moss

It will pull moisture from the soil, as it dries out and becomes hard. Once it does, it becomes difficult to moisten again, becoming an inferior mulch for your garden.


Could be used, but it robs nutrition from the soil as it disintegrates. If used, mix with some 5-10-5 fertilizer.(I like adding it to the compost pile, and then using the compost for mulch.)

Where to get Garden Mulch

If you have a small garden, you can buy the mulch bagged.

For larger gardens, mulch is available through garden centers and landscaping company, sold by the cubic yard.

(I now get my wood chips from a neighbor who sells lumber)

Calculate your Quantities of Mulch

Knowing how much you need can be a real bother! If you buy in bulk from a landscaper, they can usually tell you how much you'll need. This will help:

1. Calculate the square footage of your garden (to get the square footage, multiply the length by the width.) (example: 25ft.x 10 ft.= 250 sq. ft.)

For round beds: multiply the radius (the distance from the center to the outer edge of the circle) by itself, then multiply by 3.14 (example: 6 ft. x 6 ft.x 3.14= 113 square ft.)

2. Multiply the number of square feet in your garden by the dept in inches of mulch you want to apply (example 187 sq. ft. x 3 inches=561).

3. Divide this number by 324 to find the number of cubic yards of mulch you'll need (example: 561 divided by 324=1.73 cubic yards).

Note: One cubic yard of mulch will cover 324 sq. ft at a depth of 1 inch.

The recommended depth of mulch is 3 inches.

Adding mulch to your garden, actually makes your gardening much easier... you'll have less weeds to pull, your plants will keep their moisture levels, and your garden will look neat and tidy!

Before you Mulch your beds; Take at look at these incredible New Gardening Gloves! They will make weeding a breeze!

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Honey Badger Garden Gloves

are specifically made for digging! If you've ever been caught in the garden without a single gardening tool, and started pulling've surely encountered those horrible weeds with incredible roots that you have to literally (dig) to get out!

Now... with these can do just that with your hands! A simply brilliant idea!

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