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Category: Mulch

  • Cypress Mulch Vs Cedar Mulch: Which is Better?

    Cypress Mulch Vs Cedar Mulch: Which is Better?

    Two of the most popular wood mulches are Cypress and Cedar. Both of these organic mulches help to suppress weed growth, retain moisture, and insulate the soil. They also provide nutrients as they degrade. Both of these mulches share a similar appearance. There are some major differences to consider. To help you decide which mulch…

  • Mulch Vs Rock for Landscaping: Which is Best + Pros and Cons

    Mulch Vs Rock for Landscaping: Which is Best + Pros and Cons

    Organic mulch and rock are two popular ground cover choices for landscaping. Each has its own set of benefits and drawbacks. Rock is long-lasting, pest resistant, cheap, and low maintenance. Mulch helps to retain moisture, add nutrients to the soil, modulate temperature, and control weeds. In this guide, I’ll outline the pros and cons of…

  • Using Straw for Mulch in a Vegetable Garden: Pros and Cons

    Using Straw for Mulch in a Vegetable Garden: Pros and Cons

    Adding a protective layer of mulch to the soil surface can benefit your plants in many ways. One of the most popular and affordable types of mulch for a vegetable garden is straw.  Straw mulch helps to retain water, suppress weeds, and insulate your soil. It also adds nutrients when it decomposes. Of course, there…

  • Pine Straw Vs Mulch: Pros and Cons and Which is Better

    Pine Straw Vs Mulch: Pros and Cons and Which is Better

    There are many different types of mulch that you could use in your garden. One popular mulch option is pine straw. Other common types of mulch include bark, wood chips, straw, leaves, grass clippings, compost, etc. The best type of mulch for your garden depends on a number of factors including your budget, the type…

  • Mulching Vs Side Discharge Vs Bagging: Which Is Best?

    Mulching Vs Side Discharge Vs Bagging: Which Is Best?

    When mowing your lawn, there are three ways you can deal with the grass clippings. This guide lists the pros and cons of mulching vs side discharge vs bagging grass clippings.  Mulching mowers can mulch and fertilize your lawn with the clippings as you mow. Side discharge mowers offer powerful performance which allows you to…

  • How to Dispose of Old Mulch: What to Do With Yard Waste

    How to Dispose of Old Mulch: What to Do With Yard Waste

    There are a number of ways to get rid of old mulch. You can put it in your yard waste bin or haul it to your local landfill or yard waste disposal center. You can compost it and use it as a soil amendment around flower beds and trees. Depending on the local laws and…

  • Should I Remove Old Mulch Before Adding New Mulch?

    Should I Remove Old Mulch Before Adding New Mulch?

    You do not need to remove old mulch before replacing it with new mulch. You can simply replenish your mulch by adding a new layer on top. That said, there are some cases where you may want to remove the old mulch for best results.  Mulching involves adding material over the top of your soil…

  • Mulch Vs Lava Rock for Landscaping: Pros and Cons

    Mulch Vs Lava Rock for Landscaping: Pros and Cons

    When landscaping your yard, using some type of soil cover is a great idea. Two of the most popular options include organic mulch and lava rock. Both of these materials help to suppress weeds, maintain moisture, and reduce erosion. They can also improve the look of your garden. Organic mulches can release nutrients into the…

  • Bark Dust Vs Mulch for Landscaping: What’s the Difference?

    Bark Dust Vs Mulch for Landscaping: What’s the Difference?

    Bark dust and mulch are similar products but they aren’t exactly the same. Both have slightly different purposes and uses. Bark dust is used to retain moisture, regulate soil temperature, and reduce erosion. Mulch is also used for these purposes. In addition, mulch adds nutrients to the soil. Both bark dust and mulch can be…

  • Why Does Mulch Smell so Bad (And How to Fix It)

    Why Does Mulch Smell so Bad (And How to Fix It)

    Healthy mulch has a natural earthy smell. Bad mulch can smell like rotten eggs, vinegar, or manure. Mulch can develop a bad odor when it doesn’t get enough oxygen. This causes anaerobic decomposition. When this happens, microorganisms produce toxins such as acetic acid, ammonia, and hydrogen sulfide that build up in the mulch. When mulch…