Mulch serves a bigger purpose than adding color to your landscape, trees, or shrubs. Its purpose is to control the temperature, keep moisture in, keep weeds from springing up, and to add the right amount of nutrients to the soil. There are so many to choose from it’s no surprise why you might not really know which mulch is right for you. We’ve broken down what you need to know about adding mulch to your next planting project.

Inorganic vs Organic

  • Inorganic mulch is from human-made materials or stone. It’s for decorative purposes and helps control weeds. Some examples of this mulch would be:
    • Gravel & stone (this is great for trees, succulents, cacti. It’s not suitable for temperature regulation because stones will heat up quickly.)
    • Shredded or
    • Black Plastic
  • Organic mulch is made from natural materials that can give more nutrients to the soil as it breaks down. Some examples of organic mulch would be:
    • Shredded leaves
    • Compost
    • Pine straw
    • Shredded bark and wood chips
    • Straw
    • Hay
man holding mulch

What are the benefits of mulch?

  • It will suppress weeds.
  • It helps regulate the temperature of the soil, so heat or cold spikes don’t affect the root system.
  • It helps regulate the moisture of the soil, so it’s not too dry or even too wet for the root system and the plants.
  • Organic mulch can help improve the soil. As the mulch breaks down, it will release more nutrients into the ground.