What is Mulch?
Mulch is any type of material that is spread or laid over the surface of the soil as a covering. It is used to retain moisture in the soil, suppress weeds, keep the soil cool and make the garden bed look more attractive. Organic mulches also help improve the soil’s fertility, as they decompose. mulch will decompose and have to be replaced, however in the process it will also improve your soil’s fertility and, of course, its organic content. Generally the dryer and woodier the mulch, the slower it will decompose and the less nutrients it will give to the soil.
Bark mulches are best used around trees, shrubs and in garden beds where you won’t be doing a lot of digging. These woody mulches don’t mix well into the soil and it can become a hassle to have to keep moving them aside to make way for new plants.
Pine Mulch is single ground and made with natural red and white pine bark mixed with a hint of spruce from northern Ontario. It is reddish tan in color with a pleasant pine aroma. As pine mulch ages, it turns a rich dark brown and as it decomposes, its rich nutrient value enhances the soil.