Angie's List: Adding mulch to your landscaping

By: Elizabeth Owens, Angie's List
By: Elizabeth Owens, Angie's List

Thursday, May 31, 2012

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- The sunny weather may have you thinking about doing some yard work this weekend, and part of that could be adding mulch to your landscaping.

From providing essential moisture and nutrients to fighting off weeds and pests, mulch is an inexpensive yet efficient way to spruce up your flower beds, walkways and gardens.

There are several options for selecting mulch, but you can choose between course, shredded and fine consistencies. The finer the mulch, the faster it will decompose.

There are all sorts of colors to choose from, but remember, choosing one color over another doesn't offer any real benefit -- although dried mulch typically lasts a little longer than hardwood or cypress mulch.

Mulch is usually sold by the cubic yard, and you should expect to pay anywhere from $20 to $50.

"In order to find out how much mulch you need, it's just a simple math equation. The length times the width will find the area, then what you to do is divide by 100. We apply our mulch 3 inches, which is the proper depth, and 1 yard of mulch will cover 100 square feet 3 inches deep," said an Angie's List representative.

One thing you want to avoid is the "mulch volcano," when you spread too much around the base of a tree. Even if you think it looks nice, mulch can saturate the roots with water, which can cause fungus problems.

Keep in mind: A well-landscaped lawn can add 7 to 12 percent to the value of your home.


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