Mulch FAQ

Mulch FAQ

Frequently asked questions about mulch :

  • Does hardwood bark mulch attract termites?
  • Does hardwood bark mulch draw insects?
  • Is your mulch treated with chemicals or a fire retardant?
  • Which type of mulch is the best kind to use?
  • What’s the difference between hardwood bark mulch, hardwood mulch and colored mulch?
  • Sometimes I get mold on top of my mulch. What is it and is it harmful?
  • Will mulch keep my beds weed free?

Does hardwood bark mulch attract termites?

No, bark mulch does not attract termites, but it can give these pesky insects a chance to tunnel in the mulch allowing them to reach a structure. We recommend that you leave a barrier between the structure and the area you’re mulching. This way the subterranean insects will have to come in contact with light, which will help aid in stopping their tunneling process before reaching the area that would be prone to termite damage.

Does hardwood bark mulch draw insects?

Any organic material has the capability of drawing insects. This is not bad though because it is part of the natural scheme of things. The mulch will not attract any more insects than would normally already be there.

Is your mulch treated with chemicals or a fire retardant?

No, we do not treat our mulches with any chemicals. They are all organic. However, mulch can be flammable. If the mulch is hot to the touch, allow it to cool before placing it around your plants. In very dry weather, we recommend that when you water your plants, also water your mulch. This will help hold moisture in for your plants’ well-being.

Which type of mulch is the best kind to use?

The type of mulch you use depends on your application. First, decide the color and texture of mulch needed for enhancing the landscape design. More coarse mulch does well in large areas, around large trees and on hillsides. A medium to fine mulch works well around shrubs and flowers. Chips are a good choice for playground surfacing, jogging trails, dog runs and animal bedding. We will be glad to assist you in choosing the mulch that is appropriate for your application.

What’s the difference between hardwood bark mulch, hardwood mulch and colored mulch?

Hardwood “bark” mulch is made from the bark from hardwood trees. Hardwood mulch can be any mulch containing any kind of hardwood. It can be bark and white wood or just the white wood. Colored mulch is a product made from wood materials and dyed to maintain long term color.

Sometimes I get mold on top of my mulch. What is it and is it harmful?

This is known as myxomycetes, or slime mold. These molds live in moist places, on decaying wood, leaves or other organic matter retaining abundant moisture. The same type of organism is often seen in the woods on decaying logs. It can be strikingly colorful in yellow, orange or red. It can be easily be disposed of by turning it over. The mold is not known to be harmful to plants or animals.

Will mulch keep my beds weed free?

It will depend greatly on your bed preparation. Mulch will help eliminate most of your weeds and make any that do come up easy to pull. However, for better assurance on a weed free bed it is best to treat the area with a pre-emergent.