In order to determine the amount of mulch needed, you must first measure the length x (times) width to get the total square feet. One cubic yard of mulch will cover 100 square feet at approximately 3 inches deep. We recommend applying mulch 2-3" deep. If you buy mulch by the bag, it will take 13.5 bags (2 cubic foot each) to equal one cubic yard.
A standard size pickup truck will hold between 2-3 cubic yards of mulch. A smaller pickup truck (ie Ford Ranger, Chevy S10 or Dodge Dakota) will only hold one cubic yard.
Most people will mulch every year, however, it is a personal preference. Some of our customers mulch in the spring and the fall.
It is very imporatnt to know what is in the mulches that you purchased. Please ask us! Some suppliers add fillers such as dirt, yard waste and debris to their mulch. These materials will sour and cause the mulch to smell bad. All mulches need a period of aging.
Mulch will need to be replaced each year. Decorative gravel will last much longer. The cost of gravel is more upfront, but the gravel will last 5 years.
This is a personal preference. Practical mulch (hardwood or living) will need to be replaced every year because it breaks down quicker. However decorative mulch lasts longer due to its coarse texture and the color will not fade.
Yikes! Mulch applied deeper than 3" can cause root damage and mold. It won't allow proper drainage of water. Don't over mulch.
Alway remember mulch rings, not mulch muffins. When you mulch around a tree, apply it in a ring without covering the tree trunk. A mulch ring allows water to pool around the trunk and drain to the roots. Mulch touching the tree trunk can cause roots to grow toward the soils surface.
No, mulch alone cannot prevent all weeds. Apply products such as Treflan, which is the commercially available ingredient in products such as Preen, before mulching. We have 3 different strengths available in 10 lb, 40 lb and 50 lb bags. Another option is laying down landscaping fabric underneath the mulch.
We are unaware of any mulch product that is specially treated to prevent insects or termites.