Both pine bark mulch and landscape rocks provide several benefits to your yard and garden. Not only does it protect your plants, enrich the soil, make your home look amazing, and even increase its resale value. 

Where to get mulch 

You may not have given a lot of thought about where your mulch comes from, but freshness matters. In fact, it is definitely one of the most important qualities of mulch. Bagged mulch can be very deceiving. What exactly is in the bags and how long has the mulch been sitting in the bag? 

If you’ve never gone out to a local mulch supplier and really smelled and touch fresh mulch, you really should. You can really tell the difference! This way you know the mulch you put on your property is free from harmful bacteria, toxic chemicals, construction waste, and insects.

Is mulch even worth applying to your landscape or garden?

The University of Florida Gardening Solutions answers this question perfectly: 

Proper mulching is an essential component of any Florida-Friendly landscape. Perhaps most importantly, it is the cornerstone of a great weed-control program. Mulch keeps the soil moist longer after irrigation, too. This gives plant roots extra time to soak up water. Mulch also protects plants’ roots from extreme temperatures by creating a buffer between the soil and the air.

And mulch isn’t just good for your plants; it’s good for your soil. Organic mulches can add nutrients to the soil as they decompose. This improves your soil’s aeration, structure, drainage, and ability to hold nutrients. Mulch can even help reduce erosion and protect plants from certain diseases.

Of course, choosing mulch is as much about appearances as it is about landscape health. In areas of deep shade, turfgrass and ornamental plants won’t thrive. And some areas are too difficult to mow or irrigate to sustain healthy turf. Consider mulch as an attractive and Florida-Friendly alternative to bare ground in these shady and problematic areas

There is no question mulch can improve the look of your landscape and add value to your home, but not all mulch is the same. It is important to purchase quality mulch. Reliable Peat offers just that, superior mulch at an affordable price. We even deliver for an added convenience. Contact us today or stop by one of our two locations, Winter Garden: 407-656-9766 or Groveland: 352-326-5432.


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