Professionals at Norway Gardens Discuss the Advantages of Using Cedar Mulch in Landscaping

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If you wonder why you should mulch your landscape and what kind of mulch to use, check out these tips from the professionals at Norway Gardens in Monticello Indiana. There is a lot to consider in selecting the best mulch for your needs.

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"Frequently we have customers tell us they would not use anything but our cedar mulch because it stays on the ground and lasts so long.'' - Amy Herman, store co-owner

We sell truck loads of mulch at Norway Gardens yet you can find cheaper mulch at other stores. What is the difference? Why use mulch? What are advantages of using cedar bark chips instead of mulch? What is the advantage of cedar mulch over hardwood mulch?

Why use mulch?
Covering a landscape bed with some kind of mulch has several advantages. First, it looks beautiful. Perhaps even more important, it helps control weeds and it helps the ground underneath retain moisture which is very beneficial to your valuable plantings. Using a mulch cover on your landscape beds is a winner in many ways.

Why does the price of mulch vary so much? Is the more expensive mulch really better?

Advantages of Cedar Mulch
There is a huge difference among the various kinds of mulch on the market. You can find bags of mulch that are quite inexpensive but these mulches deteriorate very quickly and you generally must remulch every year. They are filled with dust and unattractive shreds of mystery wood and debris. The majority of mulch that Norway Gardens sells and that its crews use in landscaping is Grade A Cedar Mulch. It is more expensive but frequently they have customers that come in heir store and say they wouldn't use any other kind. Why? There are several reasons:

  •     Grade A Cedar Mulch is much slower to decompose so you can get two or three years out of it before you need to add more mulch. Each spring you can fluff it up and it looks almost like new.
  •     It is much less likely to blow away since it forms a kind of mat that helps it stay in place in spite of wind.
  •     It is cedar so its color is lovely and its shredded texture is quite attractive.
  •     Cedar mulch does not attract termites like regular hardwood mulches can so this mulch is very safe to use around your home.

This mulch is grown in the western part of the U.S. The freight factor in addition to the quality of the wood makes this more expensive than some other mulches but the results are worth it in appearance and durability.

Cedar Bark Mulch Chunks
Another excellent choice for a mulch ground cover is Ponderosa Cedar Bark Chunk Mulch, available in small, medium, or large chunks. Although it is more expensive than Grade A Cedar Mulch, it is a good value when you consider that it is extremely slow to decompose so your mulch can easily remain attractive for five to seven years. Since it comes in chunks rather than shreds, it gives a different look and is an attractive addition in texture to your landscape. One interesting way to use chunk bark is to use it in some areas for contrast to other areas which are covered with shredded mulch.

Hardwood Mulch
Hardwood mulch is shredded from various kinds of hardwood trees. It often comes dyed in black or chocolate. Use this mulch if you are wanting to keep costs down as much as possible. Remember, however, that it will not hold up to the weather as long as will a good cedar mulch. Remember also that no hardwood mulch is as termite resistant as is cedar mulch so consider this when using hardwood mulches around the foundation of your home.

Cypress Mulch
Cypress mulch is a good alternative if you are looking for a termite-resistant mulch like cedar but want a less expensive choice. It is much lighter in color than the cedar mulch so is generally not considered as attractive.

What kind of mulch should you choose? Only you can answer that question. With this information you can assess your needs and make a choice that is best for you. Norway Gardens in Monticello Indiana is a good place to get answers to your landscape questions.

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