Everyone seems to be mulching their landscape and garden this time of year. For me, it is the easiest and quickest way to add curb appeal. 

Besides giving your landscape that professional feel, mulch also helps regular the soil temperature, retains moisture, and protects against soil erosion. Which are all very important here in Central Florida. 

There are quite a few types of mulch on the market. Understanding the difference will go a long way in determining which is right for your landscape and garden. 

Fine pine bark 

By far the most common type of mulch. Fine pine bark breaks down quickly, enhancing the soil with organic matter as it decomposes. The quality of the soil is definitely noticeable in over time. 

Mini pine bark 

Mini pine bark does not break down as quickly as fine bark, so it will last longer. Though they don’t work well on incense or slopes, they can wash away during a strong storm. 

Large pine bark 

Large pine bark is perfect for trees and shrubs, because they have an established root system. They may not be the best choice for vegetable or flower gardens with shallower roots. 

Stones and rocks 

There is a wide variety of stones to choose from,  pea rock, brown river rock, granite, cedar bark rock, and white river rock, just to name a few. They tend to be a little more expensive than organic mulch, but since they don’t break down, they don’t need to be replaced.

If you have any questions about mulch or soil, don’t hesitate to contact Reliable Peat. With over 30 years of experience helping our customers in Central Florida. We focus on only the highest quality ingredients at the best price to give our customers exactly what they are looking for. Our emphasis is to have the highest level of service in the industry and a personal touch with every customer.