April 18


What Every Homeowner Ought to Know about Mulch

By Randy Sample

April 18, 2019

What Every Homeowner Should Know about Mulch

Mid-to-late spring is a great time to put down mulch. That means late April or early May. Typically, because the weather has gotten a little warmer, the soil has warmed up, which means the plants can start growing.

Here are the top 4 reasons why you should start thinking about mulch

  • Mulch helps to moderate soil temperature and retain soil moisture which is good for the health of your plants.
  • Adding a layer of mulch to your flower beds also improves the appearance of your beds.
  • A layer of mulch suppresses weed growth.
  • And, importantly, the organic mulches provide nutrients to your plants as they breakdown.

Now that spring is here and you're ready to start thinking about mulch, I’d like to help you understand how to choose the right mulch out of the many choices available.

Understanding Mulch Choices

When it comes to mulch, it’s important to understand what you’re looking at and understand why the prices vary so much from one type of mulch to another.

Colored Mulch

Colored Mulch is basically ground up trees which color is then added to.

Popular colors include brown, red and black. 

Once the color has been added, the material is aged for a bit and then ground to a smaller size to create the final product that ends up in your garden beds.

Everyone has their own preference when it comes to the color of their mulch. We recommend that you choose a mulch that compliments the outside of your home. Often times, a darker mulch will look best against a lighter colored home and will contrast the bright flowers in your flower bed well.

Natural Mulch

By comparison, natural mulch does not have any color introduced into the process. The natural mulch colors result from a combination of the aging process and the unique characteristics of the wood fibers and bark from different varieties of trees.

Natural mulch also goes through a final grinding process to create an even size texture and color.

ArborTech Carries a Variety of Natural Mulch

Forest blend natural bark

Pine Hemlock Blend

100% Premium Hemlock

have fun this season mulching your garden beds

Mulching your garden beds can be a great family project. It’s a wonderful way to get everybody outside and off of the couch. Good old-fashioned working together and enjoying the yard as a family is a great way to start off the spring season.

Imagine the satisfaction of seeing the results of your efforts unfold as the mulch pile gets smaller, the yard smells great and looks even better!

At the end of the day you can order up a couple of pizzas, sit on the deck and enjoy the fruits of your hard work and labor.


Find pricing, a handy calculator to figure out quantity. You can even order and schedule delivery right from the page!

Randy Sample

About the author

Randy's strong work ethic and love of the outdoors was acquired as a young boy growing up and working on a dairy farm in upstate New York. He spent his summers working with his father in construction.

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