Wood Mulch for your Landscape Beds
Wood Mulch is mainly used for planting beds surrounding a home. There are several different types of wood mulch that are common in the Syracuse, NY area. The most popular type is Hardwood Mulch. A couple common woods used in this type of mulch are oak and maple.
Some other types of wood mulch is cedar and hemlock. These are a little more costly than the hardwood mulch but many people prefer them for the color and how it holds up over time. Cedar and Hemlock are usually not dyed and just laid down in their natural colors.
Most wood mulch used in landscaping is dyed mulch which is a non-toxic color dye that is used to give the mulch color that is attractive in the landscape. Popular colors are Black, Brown and Red. This coloring is totally safe for children and pets and has been used for many years. Unfortunately there are still some people who think the dye is harmful but that could not be further from the truth.
General installation methods in Syracuse, NY for wood mulch vary slightly depending on whether you are installing the mulch in to a new landscape bed next to a brick walkway for the first time or if you are just laying down a fresh coat each year on top of the old mulch. When installing in to a new landscape bed we always recommend to install a high quality geotextile weed fabric. The brand we recommend is Typar. The premium Typar comes with a 15 year guarantee and we have found that it holds up very well over time. This will keep most weeds from growing in your beds and will make life a lot easier for you over time. We then lay down a 3-4 inch thick layer of new mulch on top of the fabric. On the other hand when re-mulching each year you only need to lay down about 2 inches to give a fresh coat. This yearly mulching will give your landscaping a fresh, new look each year and also aid in keeping weeds at bay by limiting any sunlight to them.
If you are looking for a professional landscaper to install your mulch, contact Green Earth Lawn & Landscape for a Free Estimate.