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Category: Mulch

  • 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…

  • Mulching With Grass Clippings: Benefits and Drawbacks

    Mulching With Grass Clippings: Benefits and Drawbacks

    When mowing your lawn, you have two options when it comes to grass clippings. You can bag them or mulch them and leave them on your lawn. In this guide, I outline the benefits and drawbacks of mulching with grass clippings. I’ll also outline how to properly mulch with grass clippings and outline some alternative…

  • Pine Bark Mulch: Pros and Cons and How to Use It

    Pine Bark Mulch: Pros and Cons and How to Use It

    Applying mulch to the top of your soil can benefit your plants in many ways. One of the more popular types of mulch is pine bark. Pine bark mulch helps to retain water, inhibit weeds, and insulate your soil. It’s also attractive and long-lasting. Of course, there are some drawbacks to consider as well. This…

  • Cedar Mulch in Gardens: Pros and Cons, Uses, and Benefits

    Cedar Mulch in Gardens: Pros and Cons, Uses, and Benefits

    A common tip for gardeners is to apply mulch to the top of their soil. One of the more popular types of mulch is cedar. Cedar mulch offers a number of benefits. It’s long-lasting, insect-repellent, and weed-inhibiting. It’s also beautiful and has a pleasant aroma. Of course, there are some drawbacks to consider as well.…