How much mulch do I really need? By Seamus Dillon

Well, first we need to determine if it is best to use bark mulch or dyed wood chips. It really depends on what you are trying to achieve. If you simply want to suppress weeds and have your landscape look new all the time, then likely you’ll want bark chips spread twice per year. The first time to lay them would be early spring and then again in early fall. This can get expensive however. An alternative that can look nice all year is to use Premium hardwood bark mulch. There are mixed reviews on the best time to spread it, but overall it will decompose faster and has many more nutrients for your shrubs and plants. Typically, a 2 to 3-inch base is sufficient, then each year an inch to spruce your landscape beds are really all you need. #barkmulch

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