Garden Mulch: Debunking the Myths

Experienced gardeners know that garden mulch offers a number of benefits. It conserves soil moisture, keeps weeds under control and enhances the appearance of the landscape. Plus, as it breaks down, mulch enriches the soil, thereby reducing the need for fertilizers and soil amendments.

However, not everyone is well-informed about mulching. Many misconceptions are floating around, and we’d like to clear the air. Here’s a look at the truth behind five common garden mulch myths.

Garden mulch myths debunked

Myth #1: Mulching Hinders Plant Growth

If you want your plants to flourish, shouldn’t you skip mulching? Doesn’t garden mulch suck nitrogen from the soil and make your garden beds acidic?

Many people seem to think so, but landscape experts say that mulching does not hamper plant growth in any way. And as we mentioned above, mulch actually benefits the soil.

Myth #2: Mulching Attracts Termites

Mulch your garden beds, and you can look forward to a termite infestation. Right?

Wrong. Termites aren’t going to suddenly invade your landscape after you lay garden mulch – that isn’t what they prefer to munch on. You’ll only see termites if they’re already present on your property.

Myth #3: Landscape Fabric Is a Must for Mulching

It’s surprising how many people think that if you’re planning on laying mulch, you should put landscape fabric down first to prevent weeds from growing.

Actually, taking this course of action keeps nutrients from reaching the soil, a key benefit of mulching. Plus, garden mulch does a good enough job at controlling weeds on its own.

Myth #4: More Mulch Is Better

If a few inches of mulch is good for your garden beds, more must be better – why not pile it on?

Excessive mulching can be a problem for your plants, as a too-thick layer can keep water and oxygen from getting to the roots. Be careful around trees as well, avoiding the trunk, or the bark may decay and attract insects, mice and fungi.

Myth #5: All Mulch Is Alike

It really doesn’t matter which mulch you use – or at least that’s what some people mistakenly believe.

In reality, gardening and landscape experts recommend using organic mulch whenever possible, as it improves soil quality and boosts plant health. Inorganic options, including landscaping rock, are generally better suited for decorative purposes and for use in yard areas with drainage concerns.

If you’re in need of high-quality organic garden mulch and you live in northern Utah, turn to The Dirt Bag.

Based in West Jordan, The Dirt Bag offers an array of bagged and bulk landscape materials, including compost, soil conditioner, landscaping rock and organic mulch. Delivery is free within Salt Lake County, and our team can also deliver to the surrounding northern Utah communities.

For more information on our products and services, or to arrange for delivery of bagged or bulk organic garden mulch to your home or business, contact The Dirt Bag today.