How To Choose the Right Mulch | Mulch Buying Guide

hi there you know mulching is a critical

part of keeping your property looking

its very best and your Lowe's lawn and

garden department carries a broad line

of mulch there are two categories of

mulch organic and inorganic so let's

start with organic now all organic mulch

have similar functions depending upon

what and where your mulching some are

better suited than others when you're

planting new beds or mulching

intensively grown beds more dense mulch

like manure works well it breaks down

the fastest and as it decomposes it

improves the soil structure manure mulch

is rich with nutrients that will help

make your vegetable gardens more

productive and you're striving

flowerbeds look for professional gardens

wheat straw mulch helps to protect your

plants from fungus and disease which can

cause plant life it also helps to deter

pest insects from laying eggs and

multiplying in and around your garden

it's commonly used to mulch freshly

seeded lawns it helps protect the seed

from birds and rodents it also helps to

retain soil moisture while the seed

germinates pine bark mulch works well in

shrub or flower beds and under evergreen

trees it insulates and helps moderate

the soil temperature it blocks direct

sunlight which helps to keep the soil

from becoming crusty and compacted which

can inhibit water absorption as it

decomposes it releases acid into the

soil so it's a great mulch to use around

acid-loving plants it also releases

aluminum into the soil so it's a perfect

mulch to use around hydrangeas pine bark

is slow to decompose so it lasts a long

time now pine straw has some of the same

benefits as pine bark but it's needles

will naturally interlock making it very

stable in heavy rain so it's better

suited than pine bark to use on sloped

areas and will help you control soil


now wood chip mulch is a popular option

in landscape design it's available in a

number of different colors and it works

well on slopes and under trees now cedar

wood chip mulch has the added benefit of

repelling insects and all wood chips are

slow decomposing so it lasts a long time

but wood chip mulch can leach nitrogen

from your soil so it's a good idea to

add fertilizer once or twice per season

now in organic mulch is best suited for

walkways and heavy traffic areas and

landscape rock is available in a wide

variety of colors sizes and textures

which gives you a lot of design options

now shredded rubber mulch is made from

recycled tires and is widely used as

ground cover at playgrounds it provides

a little shock absorption and helps to

make play areas saver you can help your

landscape look it's very best with the

right mulch proper mulching can also

help your shrub and flowerbeds look

fuller and your vegetable gardens grow a

healthier crop just go to

slash Lowe's to see our library of

landscaping how-to videos and you'll see

the links for the products that you've

seen here just listed below if you have

any questions at all just ask the red

vests and your Lowe's lawn and garden

department they'd be delighted to show

you these products and more to help you

beautify your landscape and do it right

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