Mulch products

Mulch products

  • Nothing adds more Curb Appeal to your property than freshly mulched landscape beds.
  • But Mulch is more than just good looks, it also provides a host of Other Benefits
  • Mulch Retains Moisture lowering your water bill and reducing waste.
  • Mulch Retards Weeds saving you time and keeping your beds looking good longer.
  • Mulch Provides Nutrients to the soil lowering the need for additional fertilizer.
  • Mulch helps Control Erosion saving your property and keeping our drinking water cleaner.
  • Mulch Insulates the Soil protecting plants from temperatures extremes.
  • We sell Mulch in Bags and in Bulk.
  • Bagged mulch products come in 2 or 3 cubic foot bags.
  • Bulk Mulch is sold by the cubic yard (27 cubic feet).
  • Bagged or bulk mulch can either be picked up at our store or delivered to your location.

How to Prepare & Install Mulch

All Mulches are Not the Same

Winterizing with Mulches

  • Kill Weeds – spray weeds with round-up or weed killer 1-2 weeks prior to mulching
  • Trim Trees & Bushes – helps reduce debris in beds before mulching
  • Clean Out Beds – remove all dead leaves, weeds, and trimmings
  • Cultivate – loosen compacted soil to allow moisture and air to pass through mulch
  • Edge Your Beds – a clean edge will enhance the look of your landscaping
  • Rake Smooth – raking the soil surface will help the mulch install evenly
  • Fabric – separates the mulch and soil – can inhibit weed growth while allowing water and nutrients to pass through to the soil
  • Apply Mulch – rake or spread mulch to desired thickness (2-4 inches) and water to settle in place
  • Maintenance – check mulch for compaction and loosen to allow water and air to pass
  • Too Much Mulch – building up mulch around bark of plants can cause disease
  • Fungus – this is a sign of compaction – remove with surrounding mulch and cultivate
  • There are many different mulch producers with different raw materials and production methods
  • Most common types are hardwood bark, cypress, pine, & cedar
  • Hardwoods and pine break down quickly and release nutrients in to the soil
  • Cypress and cedar break down slow and are better for retaining moisture, erosion control, & weed prevention
  • Pine bark breaks down the slowest and is best for plants & soil
  • Iowa’s extreme temperature fluctuations and drying winds can wreak havoc
  • After first hard frost foliage of most perennials starts to die
  • There are two approaches to remove dead foliage
  • immediately remove dead foliage or wait until spring
  • Always remove diseased foliage to discourage the spread of leaf-spot disease and fungal problems
  • Dehydration is common in snowless winters
  • mulch can help retain soil moisture
  • Mulch should be coarse and loose to allow air movement
  • root tissues metabolize in the winter and require oxygen for this process
  • reduced soil oxygen increases the aggressiveness of many soil pathogens
  • Mulches that pack should be avoided
  • to dense of mulch can cause mildew and mold to form
  • Watering at least monthly in dry winter conditions can give the soil moisture critical for plant survival
  • Established perennials and bulbs benefit from mulches applied after the ground freezes
  • Doesn’t allow the soil temperatures to fluctuate
  • Do not remove mulch to early
  • plants will begin to grow too early
  • plants on south side of building or wall will emerge sooner & may be subject to frost damage
  • Some perennials can be damaged by winter winds and western sun
  • fencing can effectively protect plantings