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All About Mulch!

CLS Landscape Supply is your go-to source for mulch products. We stock both Douglas Fir, Cedar mulch and Black mulch, available in various shred sizes depending on the scope of your project and the aesthetic you desire. Look no further for the perfect mulch option for your landscaped areas, around your garden or patio, and under children’s play areas.

Many homeowners choose mulch, sometimes referred to as wood chips, because it’s appealing to the eye. Mulch provides that finishing touch and increased curb appeal to any landscaping project, whether it’s the natural brown and red hues of Douglas Fir and Cedar mulch or the unique contrast of naturally dyed Black mulch. 

However, mulch provides your landscaped areas with other great benefits. Mulch is a natural insulator, and adding a thin layer to landscaped beds in the fall can help insulate your perennials against the cold. Mulch improves water retention and can help keep your soil moist in periods of heat. Mulch also prevents soil erosion and deters weeds and unwanted growth from encroaching on your gardens, patios, and other landscaped areas.

Size Options
Mulch comes in various sizes, referred to as nuggets or shreds. Medium-sized nuggets are the largest-sized mulch option we carry, which contains more prominent pieces of bark. Alternatively, medium-shred and finely-shred options are available. We suggest using a heavier product, such as medium-sized Douglas Fir Bark Nuggets, on high slopes or windy areas to make the installation and maintenance more manageable. 

How Much Mulch?
The amount of mulch you will need for your project depends on the variety of mulch you choose and the purpose of the mulch. In general, 3-4 inches of mulch will give you good coverage. However, if you are using our medium-sized nuggets, you may need to use more to avoid the appearance of any gaps in the mulch. Mulching around plants in a vegetable garden will require less mulch than a more extensive garden bed or trees.

How to Apply Mulch? 
Mulching is messy work, and you need to be particularly careful not to lay mulch too early in the Spring when the ground is still cold. This will slow the warming process of the soil and can hinder seedlings from growing. You also need to be careful when laying mulch around the bases of trees. Visit our knowledge center for detailed information on when and how best to apply.