Fall is the time when it is the most important to prepare your garden and yard for the upcoming spring. The work you do now will have a huge impact on the overall look and function of your garden when the weather finally turns back around. There are many different things that you can do to help give yourself a head start. One of the things that may be a good idea is to lay bark mulch so the soil will be in good condition when you are ready to plant.
There are many different types of bark that should be used for different applications. The first step in determining which type of bark will be best for you is to determine what the space will be used for. Will you be planting flowers or vegetables in the space? Are you just putting down the bark mulch to give a nice finished appearance to an empty planting box? These are a few of the questions that you will have to answer so you don’t find yourself waiting in the nursery waiting for a customer service person to help you with your bark questions.
If you are applying mulch to an area without plants you may want to go with some cheap shredded hardwood mulch. This type of bark is typically used on street plantings and is very cost effective. If you want to go with something that looks a little bit better you can spend a little more money and go with pine mini nuggets or colored bark mulch.
You can also use shredded hardwood bark mulch in an area where you are going to plant vegetation. This type of bark mulch is used widely by landscapers because it is one of the cheapest options and gives very good coverage. It provides a variety of benefits including minimizing weeds, preventing soil erosion and even provides nutrients to the soil.