Landscape & Garden Mulching
Mulch doesn't just look good in your yard, it’s good for the yard! Did you know that residential and commercial flower beds should have 3 inches to 4 inches of mulch to properly protect plants and bushes? Introducing mulch to your beds reduces weeds, protects the root system from heat and cold, and most importantly, preserves water in the beds. At Evergreen Lawn Care, we offer a variety of mulch to meet a range of needs, including naturally dyed, pine bark, cypress, pine straw, and rubber play yard mulch. Maybe you’re looking for something a little less traditional — we also offer rock install for river rock, red rock, and granite.
Types of Mulch
Wood mulch is composed of bits of wood and bark from other trees. This mulch option has the potential to retain moisture, hinder the growth of weeds, and regulate the temperature for surrounding plants. As the wood degrades, it will add nutrients to the soil. It is very user friendly and is able to be applied by hand or shovel. This type of mulch also tends to be less expensive than other types of mulch in Florida.
Wood mulch also provides aesthetic value to your garden. The type of tree from which your mulch originates will determine some of its specific traits. Wood mulch is best used in flowerbeds and should be kept away from trees in order to prevent rot.
Pine Straw Mulch
Pine straw mulch is composed of pine needles that have fallen from pine trees. This type of mulch helps protect trees and plants from temperature fluctuations, limits water evaporation from the soil, prevents soil erosion, and impedes weed growth.
Because the needles typically interlock with each other, their greatest benefit applies to hillsides. Pine straw mulch should be about 2.5 inches to 3 inches deep, but some prefer the mulch to be as deep as 5 inches to 6 inches. Generally, the thicker it is, the better the pine straw suppresses weeds while retaining moisture. Pine straw mulch should be reapplied annually to keep its healthy appearance and continued protection for surrounding plants.
Rock mulch is generally a collection of decorative rocks and gravel frequently found near riverbeds. These rocks range in size from pea- to golf ball-size. Because rocks don’t decompose, this mulch is considered permanent and doesn’t need frequent replacement as other alternatives do.
This type of mulch allows for a high level of customization based on your preferences, such as color, shape, size, and texture. Rock mulch is weather resistant but needs some form of a weed barrier between the rocks and soil. Otherwise, weeds will grow. Traditionally, this mulch works best in areas with little or no leaves dropping.
Rubber mulch is made from unusable, shredded tires. This type of mulch has two key benefits — it doesn’t attract termites and dehydrates fungus and weeds before they’re able to establish.
This type of mulch also provides good drainage, soil moisture retention, and protection for the soil against harsh weather. Rubber mulch is perfect for playgrounds and landscaping, but should have a layer of weed fabric between it and the soil. This hinders weed growth while preventing the rubber from embedding in the ground where it would be difficult to remove.