We get all sorts of questions about landscape mulch here at Reliable Peat. Here are a few of our most often asked about topics. 

How often does mulch need to be replaced?

Organic bark mulch breaks down over time and will need to be replaced. How often that is depends on a few factors, weather, sun exposure, rainfall,  foot traffic, ect.

Typically, it will need to be replenished about every 1 to 2 years. Our heat and humidity here in Central Florida can increase the decomposing process. You also want to take advantage of all the benefits mulch has to offer, which is an application of 2 to 3 inches. 

What about colored mulch?

Colored mulch, such as red, can offer significant aesthetic value. It is important to purchase colored mulch from a reputable landscape supplier. You don’t want to go through all that work just to have the mulch fade after a season of rain. You also don’t want any toxic material to leach out into the ground. If you have children or pets, the mulch needs to be safe for them. 

Do I have to remove the old mulch?

Eventually, all organic mulch breaks down, that is what it is designed to do. As it decomposes it releases vital nutrients to the soil. When this happens, it slowly reduces the depth of the mulch. This is when problems start happening, such as soil erosion, weeds, and dry soil.

It can take many months or a couple of years, mulch will start loosing its aesthetic value and start to fade. Replenishing the mulch will have it looking good as new. 

What about the maintenance?

Larger pine bark will decompose slower, so it will last longer and need less maintenance. But if you want something with even less maintenance, you may want to consider rocks or stones.  They won’t need replacing, but they can’t contribute anything to the soil. In turn,  the initial cost of rocks will be higher than organic mulch

If you have any questions, please Contact Reliable Peat for more information. Or stop by one of our convenient locations Winter Garden: 407-656-9766 and Groveland: 352-326-5432.

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