We all enjoy the beauty of a freshly mulched flower bed. But you need quality mulch that looks professional and helps to benefit your flower beds and gardens. At Eby’s we manufacture our mulch ourselves so we can produce a high quality mulch that we can stand behind. Below is are the different kinds of mulch that we produce and sell. Then we also have a number of answers to common questions that people have about mulch.
Typical Questions about Mulch
Mulch is made from the scrap wood produced at our sawmill. When a log is sawn into lumber, there is always wood that cannot make a board. In years gone by, this byproduct had virtually no value and was left to rot somewhere. Sometimes it was burned just to get rid of it. Mulch is made from the scrap wood that has no lumber value. The scrap wood is fed into a big shredder which reduces it to a shredded mulch. It is left to age in a large pile. Before it is sold, the mulch is processed a second time to achieve a premium product.
Our Colored mulch has a dye added to it during its second process. The dye is a natural, ecofriendly product that is applied to our shredded wood mulch to achieve a longer lasting color.
Eby’s mulch is made from scrap wood at our sawmill. This fact assures the consumer that there are no hidden chemicals that can occur with mulch made from recycled pallets. Recycled pallets can be contaminated with a myriad of products that can harm your garden or flower beds. Our mulch is virgin wood. It is not recycled.
Spring and Fall are the typical times to mulch. Mulching in the spring inhibits weeds from growing in your beds. Mulching in the spring keeps the roots from drying out as fast during hot, dry weather as well as freshening up your flower beds; contrasting nicely with your home and your flowers. Mulching in the fall is often done to protect the roots of your plants during the cold winter.
Mulch benefits flowerbeds in a variety of ways. It inhibits weed growth. It keeps the soil from drying out as quickly. Mulch slowly composts into soil which increases the amount of soil in your beds. It also feeds acid loving plants such as trees and shrubs.
A gardener who wants to build up the soil in his beds will choose our all-Bark mulch because it is not acidic and composts into soil more quickly. A gardener who wishes to fertilize his flowers and vegetables will choose the Mushroom Compost because it is a nutrient-rich mulch that cause flowers and vegetables to thrive. A gardener that wants a mulch for his shrubs and trees will choose our Premium Hardwood Mulch or Dyed Mulches because they feed acid-loving plants.
Mulch can be used in flower beds, garden walk ways, wooded areas and play grounds. In a typical application, you would choose a finely shredded mulch like our premium natural mulch or the dyed mulches in and around your flower beds. For a play area, you would choose our premium natural mulch or our Infinity rubber mulch.
Mulch should be used with any acid loving plants. Woody stemmed plants such as trees, shrubs, rhododendrons, azaleas, blueberries, strawberries and heathers are all acid loving plants.
Any sweet soil loving plants will not do as well with wood mulch around them. Feed your annuals and perennials mushroom soil around the roots and mulch the rest of the area with a mulch of your choice.
Yes and No. It is a good practice to put a tarp or plastic under the mulch if you are storing it on an area that you don’t want to be discolored. The dye on the mulch is similar to paint. It takes exposure to the sun for it to cure. Many times the mulch needs spread out before it finishes its curing. Freshly dyed mulch can still have uncured pigment in it causing staining. If discoloration happens to your sidewalk or driveway, wash it off with a water hose before it dries. It is a good practice to not mulch with dyed mulch right before a rain. Give yourself two sunny days so that the coloring will have time to cure before it rains.
A first time mulching should be about three inches thick. If you are freshening up an existing mulch bed, only two inches is necessary. A mulch bed should be no thicker than four inches total. A thicker amount of mulch can stunt plant growth because the roots are kept too warm by the mulch.
Mulch goes through an aging process that causes it to get very hot. This heat will kill most if not all weed seeds. Weeds that grow in a mulch bed are normally planted there by nature. Wind-blown seeds land on the mulch after it has been spread. They take root and sprout up. One easy way to inhibit weed growth is to apply PREEN over the mulch when you are finished spreading it. PREEN prevents weed seeds from germinating. It does not harm any plant that is growing, but it is a great way to keep weeds from taking root.
We offer two playground mulches. Our Premium Natural is a good choice. It is economical, it has no coloring added to it, and it will cushion your children as they play. Our Infinity Rubber mulch is another good choice. It is recycled rubber tires shredded into small pieces. Rubber mulch is more expensive than wood mulch but the benefits of it are that it cushions a child’s fall better and it does not deteriorate away.
Eby’s Landscape Center offers a variety of delivery options. We have three different dump trucks that we deliver with. We are committed to delivering product as promptly as we can. However, if you have a deadline for a delivery, we recommend scheduling 2-3 days in advance. Our trucks deliver Monday through Friday.