Types of Organic Mulch

By Paramount | July 25th, 2020 | Categories: Landscaping Tips 
Mulch in a landscaped area.

Mulch is becoming the most popular option for gardens the past few years and for many reasons. Not only does it look appealing, but when a thick layer of mulch is applied to a garden, it can help reduce the amount of weeds that grow. At Paramount, we’re a little biased. We have an absolute favourite mulch to use. But, there are a variety of kinds and something for everyone.

1. Black Mulch

Black mulch is usually made of hardwood chips that have been dyed black. Depending on the company you purchase from, these wood chips may be dyed with organic ingredients so that they are safer and better for your plants. The only caution with black mulch is that it attracts heat and may burn heat- sensitive plants.

2. Brown mulch

Brown mulch can be from different species of wood, depending on the location and company you purchase from. This mulch fades less than black mulch and therefore may have a longer life.

3. Red mulch

Red mulch also can be made from a variety of wood. The dye added can be organic and a little better for your gardens (and you and your pets!) depending on where it is sourced. The only downfall with red mulch is the vibrant colour that you may love will definitely fade over time, even within one season.

4. Cedar Mulch

Cedar mulch is nice because it has a beautiful natural colour. It also has a very nice aroma that home owners particularly like when they’re having an outdoor BBQ or event. Cedar has natural oils in it that help it last a lot longer than many other mulches, making it a good choice for your gardens. As the mulch breaks down, its nutrients can be utilized by plants and flowers.

And lastly, our favourite mulch:

5. Pine mulch

Pine mulch is nearly a perfect choice if you’re looking for a rich brown mulch. It also has a beautiful earthy smell and we find that the colour lasts longer than any other mulch on the market. It also has naturally occurring acidic attributes which aid in keeping weed populations down. And like cedar mulch, when it breaks down, its nutrients will help feed the plants in your garden.