Central Florida Mulch Review

Central Florida Mulch Review

Central Florida Mulch review

Your Central Florida Mulch review  covers landscaping mulch that home owners use as ground cover to promote beautiful beds for shrubs and plants,we understand there a many type of mulches available,

to keep this from becoming a science report we want to highlight the most common mulch’s that Homeowners in Central Florida use.This is a residential mulch review not commercial mulch review.

Also keep in mind since dyed colored mulch are a personal preference we will not base our decision on color in this review.

Mulch is usually applied in Central Florida around April

This is the start of the spring growing season also signals a time when you can start to replace dead grass with some new sod , and this may need to be reapplied as necessary through out the year.

The  purpose mulch serves is to initially warm the soil by helping it retain heat which is lost during the night.Mulch encourages faster plant growth. As the season progresses, mulch stabilizes the soil temperature and moisture, and prevents sunlight from germinating weed seeds.

In Central Florida, the effect of mulch is dependent upon the time of year at which it is applied

Mulch tends to slow changes in soil temperature and moisture content. Mulch, when applied in early spring, will slow the warming of the soil by acting as an insulator, and will hold in moisture by preventing evaporation. Mulch, when applied at  peak soil temperatures in mid-summer, will maintain high soil temperatures further into the autumn (fall). Mulch prevents sunlight from reaching the soil surface,  reducing evaporation. mulch can absorb some light rainfall which would normally evaporate when exposed to sunlight,preventing absorption into the soil, heavy rainfall is able to saturate the mulch layer, and reach the soil below.

In order to maximize the benefits of mulch

while minimizing its negative influences, it is often applied in late spring/early summer when soil temperatures have risen sufficiently, plants should be well established to be able to cope with the increase in the numbers of slugs and snails provided for them by the mulch. As mulch decays it enriches the soil.

Mulch made from wood can contain or feed termites, so use care by not placing mulch too close to houses or building that can be damaged by those insects. Some mulch manufacturers recommend putting mulch several inches away from buildings.

There are several types of mulch that provide excellent ground cover the most common residential mulches are.

  • Hay and Straw 
    We Never recommend hay for mulch,only on new lawns that have just been seeded. Straw decomposes rapidly. Straw is not very ornamental and is best for a vegetable garden or over newly sown lawns. Straw will improve the soil as it decays the primary reason it is used to cover newly seeded turf.

 

  • Pine Bark 
    Pine Bark could be a good long lasting mulch choice because it actually contains natural waxes that make it somewhat waterproof .We recommend A 2- to 3- inch layer of pine bark for weed control. Pine bark is a good looking dark-colored mulch. It can be purchased in various particle sizes, from shredded to large-sized particles, called nuggets. Large pine bark will float in water and may not stay in place during a heavy rain. Pine Bark may also attract termites and other insects.

 

  • Shredded Hardwood Mulch
    Shredded Hardwood Mulch does not wash away easily. It decomposes relatively slowly,Hardwood mulch also adheres nicely to the ground and it is very attractive.Shredded hardwood mulch works well at keeping ground temperature stable and deters weed growth. Shredded hardwood lasts longer than other wood mulch.Hardwood mulch can be bought in many colors. The colors are varied by the blend of trees used in the mulch. Maple makes a light brown mulch, and oak and cherry make the deep brown color mulches. These dyed versions, however, can lose their color in about a year, depending on the quality. The amount of dye and length the time the dye is allowed to dry factors in on the longevity of the dye.

 

  • Wood Chips
    This material contains bark and pieces of wood of various sizes and makes an attractive mulch. A 2- to 3- inch layer of wood chips provides good weed control. Small wood chips decompose very rapidly using nitrogen from the soil, nitrogen can be replaced with fertilizer. Wood chips may attract termites and other insects.

 

Matts Meticulous Landscaping recommends shredded Hardwood Mulch

Our best choice for mulching your flower beds and shrubs the reason?The hardwood mulch stands up to the elements better and last longer than the other mulch types.If you have questions about mulching your yard you can e-mail us @  mattsmeticulous@hotmail.com  or call 321-377-4393  either way we can answer your mulching questions.

Don’t forget to also ask about our spring Mulch specials we do all the work you get all the compliments on your beautiful landscaping.

call  now 321-3774393   To talk with our landscape mulch experts