Uses Of Mulch:
* Mulch primarily is used to conserve moisture and to provide a weed barrier. It also is used to insulate and lower the soil temperature in the summer months. Mulch provides a pleasing cosmetic background for plant areas.
* There are three primary times to mulch for horticultural needs: in the spring to retard weed emergence, in mid-summer to protect roots from high temperatures and water loss, and in early winter to protect roots from freezing.
* Mulch should be applied.. in a layer about 1-1/2 to 2-1/2 inches thick for optimum moisture and soil temperature benefits.
Shredded Hardwood Bark Mulch:
* This mulch is suitable for all applications since it is fibrous and will interlock, which keeps it from washing away in hard rains. It provides good moisture retention in the summer months, yet it allows good water and air permeability. As it decomposes, it becomes a very good soil amendment.
Shredded Pine Bark Mulch:
* This mulch is suitable for most applications, but it lacks the interlocking quality of hardwood bark, and therefore tends to wash away easily in strong, heavy rain. However, it is an excellent soil amendment or basic material for potting soils. It is best used around acid-loving plants such as azaleas.