The Best Mulch
When you’re trying to choose the best mulch for a particular garden or landscaping project, you should consider the colour, size and scent as well as the source of the materials. While many of these features may seem like a matter of preference, there may be some practical reasons for choosing a particular type of mulch.
Choosing the Best Mulch for Your Garden
Different types of mulch excel in different ways. For example, cocoa bean mulch crusts after watering and is able to inhibit weed growth better than many other landscaping materials. Cedar is rot-resistant and will last a long time in your garden. Hemlock mulch is one of the best ways to retain moisture in your garden and reduce the time you spend watering during dry spells.
Your final decision may be influenced by the colour of the mulch and how well it matches the natural environment. Many suppliers can also use organic methods to dye the materials before delivery to match any garden or decor. The size of the individual chips, whether it be fine fibres or large nuggets, will also dictate how well weeds and insects are controlled and how moisture is retained in the soil. Finally, scent is important because it’s pleasing to your senses. In addition, some–such as cedar–may repel insects as well.