As simple as it sounds, there is quite a bit of depth to it. Mulch can be beneficial to your plants and trees. However, it can also be detrimental to your trees and plants. So let’s discuss the do’s and don’ts of mulching.


Why mulch?

Mulch acts a blanket throughout the year. Regardless if its August or February, it insulates the roots of your plants and trees, keeping them cool or keeping them warm. Without it, your surface roots will fry, if you have bare soil. While it is insulating, it is breaking down into compost, feeding your plant/tree roots. Which is why it matters what kind of mulch you put out. Hardwood mulch is my personal favorite. Steer clear of any dyed mulch. You want to eat healthy, your plants do to.


  • Aids in moisture retention
  • Breaks down into plant available nutrients
  • Helps maintain adequate soil temperature
  • General curb appeal
  • Minimizes weed pressure


  1. Apply 2-3″ deep (at least around the drip-line of your plants).
  2. Start by applying 3″ away from the base of the plant/tree. We do not want water to get trapped against the plant. NEVER apply it around the trunk flare or base of your plants. This can deteriorate the bark/cambium and start to decay your tree/plants.
  3. You can apply 4-5″ in naked spots to help minimize weed pressure.
  4. Flipping the mulch once a year can help freshen it up.
  5. Re-mulch annually to make sure your soil/plants are well covered and your getting max. benefits.
  6. Leafs and Pine straw make excellent mulch.