Mulch is a material or a mixture of materials that is spread over the surface of the soil. Mulch reduces evaporation, retains moisture, controls erosion, keeps weeds in check, and adds nutrients to the soil.
Organic mulches are made of organic materials such as bark chips, plant leaves, and wheat. On the other hand, inorganic mulches consist of man-made materials such as stone, rubber from shredded tires, landscape fabric, plastic sheeting, and gravel.
Bark mulch is one of the most popular mulches available in the market today. Shredded bark looks good and requires less maintenance than many other materials. However, steer clear of thicker and resilient mulches as they do not break down easily and can draw nitrogen from the soil.
Bayshore Materials offers bark mulch delivery services to Vallejo and the surrounding counties. We can help you select the best mulch for your needs and get it to you on time.
What Is Bark Mulch?
Bark mulch consists of tree barks. Depending on the source, it may contain one or different types of wood. Material for bark mulch is often sourced from sawmills and furniture manufacturers. High-quality bark mulches are made of carefully selected materials and offer additional benefits.
Bark mulch creates a protective layer that shields plants from cold and heat, helps soil retain moisture, and keeps dust from blowing around. Spread your bark mulch across the ground and around your plants. If your plants prefer alkaline or neutral soil, avoid using a naturally acidic mulch.
Different Types of Bark Mulch
Some different types of bark mulch are cedar bark mulch, hemlock bark mulch, and pine bark mulch. Cedar bark mulch is usually used in fruit or vegetable gardens. Cedar is an insect repellent as it naturally releases insect-repelling oils. It has a distinct golden color. Cedar bark mulch can compact easily. To minimize compaction, rake your mulch lightly.
One of the most popular mulching materials, hemlock is known for its beauty. The benefits of hemlock go beyond aesthetics. It adds vitamin C and other nutrients to the soil while keeping weeds out.
The most significant benefit of pine bark is that it does not matt down easily and retains moisture. As a result, it protects soil from temperature changes. In addition, aged pine bark is a rich source of nutrients.
How Long Does Bark Mulch Last?
The average lifespan of a bark mulch is 4-7 years. Bark mulch is an organic mulch that is biodegradable. Eventually, you will have to replace the original layer with a fresh one. Don’t add a new layer of bark mulch until the old layer has completely disintegrated to avoid over mulching.
Bayshore Materials is a leading landscaping, stamped concrete, stucco, and concrete supply center in Vallejo. We can deliver bark mulch near you. We also have concrete, stucco, and stamped concrete products. Contact us at (707) 644-0859 to discuss your mulch needs.