May 25, 2017

How Mulch Can Save Your Water Costs

It’s easy to overlook the value of mulch. After all, mulch is just dead leaves

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Visit Vining Stone today for a wide variety of mulch.

lying around the yard, right? Not at all. There are many kinds of mulch that are both decorative and hard-working.

Mulches include pine needles, bark, wood chips and nuggets, and even stones, pebbles, gravel, and decorative rocks. Because mulch is underfoot, it’s tempting to forget that when it’s properly applied, it can really save money for us.

That’s because this important ground covering helps keep water from evaporating from the soil, and holds down the temperature around plant roots. Some estimates have found that a 70 mm thick layer of mulch—that’s about 2.8 inches– can reduce water evaporation by up to 70 percent.[1] Over a growing season, saving that much water also means saving a lot of money.

Vining Stone carries a wide range of beautiful, hard-working mulches. Call us at 770-252-6336 for a free estimate of how much you’ll need for your yard or garden, or stop by our location at 211 Stewart Road in Sharpsburg, and choose from among our natural red oak, dyed hardwood, cypress and pine mulches and nuggets.

Once you’ve picked out your favorite mulch, follow these guidelines for the best results:

1. Use the right amount of mulch. Two to three inches of wood chips help control weeds, as well as retain moisture in the soil. As an added benefit, when the wood chips decompose, they’ll add nitrogen to your flowerbeds or vegetable gardens. Unsure about how much you need? We offer good, old-fashioned customer service, so just ask. We’ll be glad to help you figure out the right amount to order.

2.  Surround newly planted trees with a 3 to 4 foot circle of mulch. Do this for at least two years, to help your trees establish strong, deep root systems and get off to a great start. For good air circulation and to avoid insects, keep the mulch a couple of inches away from the trunks.

3.  Mulch during the dormant season. Mulch can help regulate the temperature of the ground in the winter, so it doesn’t “heave,” which is what happens when water in the soil repeatedly freezes and thaws. Heaving can expose the roots of your plants, leading to injury or death.

4. Improve the soil around acid-loving plants with pine needles. They decompose slowly, but over time, they will help increase your soil’s alkalinity. As an added bonus, they also add fragrance to your landscape.

5. Replenish your mulch as needed. Organic mulches break down slowly, but may eventually need to be replenished. If you’re walking on gravel, pebble, or stones mulches, and find that they are shifting, consider adding more to fill in any shallow spots.

Remember, Vining Stone is your one-stop shop for all your mulch needs. Start saving on that water bill, and stop by today. We’ll help you find the right product for all your landscape needs.