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Frequently Asked Questions

How much bark should I use?

If you’re installing mulch for the first time or haven’t applied it in several years, then we recommend 2-3 inches. If you’ve mulched recently, 1-2 inches will be sufficient. Link To Calculator 

So, can I use compost as ground cover mulch? Absolutely! Compost has been used for this purpose for years, and it is practical, affordable, and colorful for every garden. It takes time for the nutrients in compost to make their way into your soil. This is why you must put just a thin layer of compost directly on top of your existing soil. This will minimize the amount of nitrogen loss when you apply it to your beds

No. For more information, please read this informative article:
http://www.ipm.iastate.edu/ipm/hortnews/2001/5-4-2001/mulch.html

Compost. Compost. Compost. Clay soils lack organic material, have little aeration, and have poor drainage, which is not ideal for most plants. By adding 3-5 inches of compost and tilling to a depth of 6-8 inches, you will improve the structure of the soil. Over time, adding compost as a top dressing in these areas will help maintain that improved structure.

You would want to use something crushed with fines (minus); these products will bind and lock in place. The most common gravel for driveways is a ¾” minus. Stay away from round rock and crushed rock without fines, as these products will move and roll around under the weight of vehicle traffic.

Try to get the areas free of weeds, which will help keep them down after the bark is installed. Remove all animal debris, turn off the air conditioner, and close windows to prevent dust from entering the house. Grab a chair, and a cold drink, sit back and relax. We’ll take care of the rest.

We do! You can bring grass clippings, limbs or branches smaller than 12 inches, leaves, and brush. If it grows or did grow at one time, we can recycle it, and we’ll even help you unload it when you get here.
Please separate yard debris from rock, dirt, and other inorganic material.
We do not accept lumber or construction materials.

Typically bark from Douglas Fir trees will have more slivers than Hemlock or Cedar products. Red or Dark Hemlock is more commonly used in landscape applications where children or pets may be affected by slivers. This bark is softer and therefore has fewer slivers than Fir.