4 Common Mistakes When Using Mulch

Mulch is commonly used in yards to retain soil moisture, regulate soil temperature, suppress weed growth, and prevent frost heaving in the winter. Mulch is a great way to make your yard not only look nice, but to make it healthier as well. However, mulch must be used correctly in order for it to provide all of these great benefits.

In today’s blog post from Quality Organic Products in San Antonio, we are going to discuss some of the most common mulching mistakes, and how to avoid them. Read on to learn more, and if you’re looking for high-quality, local organic mulch, order yours from Quality Organic Products today.

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Making Mulch Volcanoes

One common mulching mistake is when homeowners create what we call “mulch volcanoes.” This occurs when someone piles too much mulch at the base of a tree. We find that there is some misinformation floating out there around this one, and some people believe that they are protecting the tree’s roots. However, what’s really happening is you are suffocating the roots by not allowing enough oxygen, nutrients, water, and light in. Mulch volcanoes should be avoided as they typically do more harm than good. A thin layer of mulch around a tree works just fine for promoting tree health.

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Using Too Much Mulch

When used in the proper amounts, mulch has many benefits. However, people often assume that the more they use, the better. Using too much mulch around your yard will prevent plants from getting the proper amount of sunlight, nutrients, and water. It can also cause excessive moisture to be trapped underneath the mulch, causing rotting. Mulch should be applied in a layer of one to three inches, depending on the type of mulch you use. When you purchase your organic mulch from Quality Organic Products, we can advise you on which type of mulch would be best for your yard, as well as how much to use.

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Using Weed Barriers

Mulch will naturally help prevent weed growth. There is no need to lay down a layer of weed barrier or landscaping fabric underneath it. The weed barrier will not just hinder the growth of weeds but also any other plants that you are trying to grow. Weed barrier blocks out water and sunlight so your plants won’t get the nutrients they need. Weed barrier will prevent your plants from growing in the same way it does weeds.

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Using Low-Quality Mulch

Many homeowners make the mistake of using free mulch from city waste departments and landfills as a way to cut costs. While we understand that free mulch can be tempting, when something seems too good to be true, it usually is. Mulch from a landfill or water department can contain pesticides, weed seeds, and even dangerous tree diseases and pests. It’s best to purchase quality organic mulch from a company you trust like Quality Organic Products.

High-Quality Organic Mulch in San Antonio

We hope that today’s post will help you avoid some of these common mulching mistakes. To find quality organic mulch in San Antonio, reach out to Quality Organic Products. Our experts can help you choose the proper type of mulch for your property, as well as provide you with an overview of the proper mulching technique so you can be sure to prevent these common mistakes, plus more. Contact us today for a quote on our high-quality organic mulch.

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