Adding a new layer of mulch this Spring will help your plants, trees, and garden for the rest of the year! Not only will mulch help retain moisture in our hot summer, it will also keep the ground cool and add tremendous curb appeal.

dandelion-2084034_1920Before you start a mulch project, it is important to remove any weeds and debris. Applying organic mulch or stone over weeds such as thistle or dandelions, may not keep them from creeping through the mulch.

Typically a 3 inch layer of mulch is suggested. Any deeper than this can limit plant growth or hinder air exchange.

It is also important to avoid direct contact with the base of the trunk of the plant or tree. Creating a 3 to 4 inch ‘doughnut’ around the trunk. Apply mulch around the trunk can cause the plant to die.

There are many choices when it comes to both organic mulch and stone. I prefer pine bark or shredded hardwood bark for our tropical environment.

Bagged mulch can be purchased pretty cheaply from just about anywhere nowadays. But unfortunately, some of them can be more harmful than beneficial because they contain contaminants and weed seeds. The last thing you want is to put toxins on your fruit or vegetables.

For a real bargain head to your local soil and mulch distributer and purchase quality mulch for about the same price or even less than the big box stores. You can even have it delivered to your home for an added connivence.

Organic mulch add needed nutrients and organic matter into the soil to encourage healthy plants.

Stone and rock is a popular option for those who are looking for less maintenance. They also come in a variety of colors and sizes to compliment your landscaping. The application process is similar to that of organic mulch, but since they don’t break down, it won’t need to be replaced as often.

If you are looking for the best quality soil and mulch products in Central Florida, contact Reliable Peat, with two convent locations in Winter Garden and Lake County. We also deliver so you won’t have to lug all those bags of mulch or get your vehicle dirty.