FAQ

FAQs

Mulch

What is mulch?

Mulch is made from hardwood trees and limbs. It is ran through a grinder and screener to create a finished product. Mulch is then aged in large piles until it is ready to be sold. Mulch is 100% organic, and breaks down over time into humus, allowing your soil to become richer in organic nutrients.

What are the advantages of mulch?

Mulch offers many advantages. When applied thick enough, it allows moisture to be retained around plant root systems. We recommend applying mulch 3 inches thick to help with weed control. As stated earlier, mulch breaks down in flowerbeds and returns nutrients to the soil. Lastly, mulch can provide insulation during winter months.

How much coverage will a yard of mulch give me?

A yard of mulch will cover 100 square feet, three inches deep. We recommend applying your mulch a minimum of three inches in depth to maximize moisture content and to prevent weeds from sprouting from under the ground.

What if my dog eats mulch?

 

Our mulch is a natural, organic material. It is made on our premises from local tree and branch debris. It is not treated with anything that is toxic. Our colored mulches are painted with an EPA approved dye.

Is your mulch treated to repel insects?

No. In order for anyone to sell “treated/insect repelling” mulch, they would need to hold several licenses from federal agencies to ensure that chemical applications to their mulch meet toxicity and safety requirements. We do offer cedar and cypress mulch. Studies show that sometimes, these type of mulches can serve as a “natural repellent”.

Is your mulch aged?

Yes. Our mulch is made from trees and limb debris that have aged an average of 4 months prior to it being made into mulch.

I use bags of mulch. Why should I buy mulch in bulk?

Not only are you helping the local recycling effort by buying mulch in bulk, you are also saving a considerable amount of money. On average, one yard of mulch equals 14 bags of mulch. Our least expensive mulch is around $15/yard. An average bag of mulch costs $3.00, so it’s roughly three times cheaper to buy mulch in bulk.

Here’s a link to a chart that shows how many bags of mulch you need to cover various areas and depths.

Do you do landscaping?

No, we don’t. We focus solely on making and providing organic landscaping products.

Which mulch is the most eco-friendly?

We recommend our natural or rustic brown for eco-friendly customers. All our mulch is recycled, eco-friendly material, but the natural and rustic brown mulch are the most natural, organic mulch we offer.

How do you make painted mulch?

Painted mulch is double hammered, hardwood mulch that is painted with an EPA-approved dye. It is one of our most popular sellers. The dye is non-toxic and harmless to you and your pets.

Why is all the mulch not the same size?

Our mulch is grinded twice, thus it’s commonly referred to as “double-hammered” mulch. The grinders have screens that act as a type of filter in the production process. Natural brown is finer, smaller mulches because of the size screen that is used. Rustic brown is slightly longer in size than natural brown. The painted mulches use a different size screen because larger pieces of wood are needed so the dye can adhere to the product better.

Weeds are growing in my mulch a month or two after I spread it in my flowerbed. I thought mulch was supposed to keep weeds from growing. What is wrong?

Historically, we have seen that squirrels, birds or other small animals like to use mulch as a hiding place for nuts, berries and other things they transfer from the surrounding outdoors. Also, in the spring, Maple trees drop “helicopter seeds”. These can root in mulch. We suggest lightly raking through your problem spot to see if you can find what the cause of the problem is. If nothing is noticeable, you can apply Preen to the area.


Soils

Which type of soil can I use to prepare a flowerbed or vegetable garden?

There are several options. First, our garden mix is a blend of leaf compost, dirt and sand. This mix does not have any type of “Miracle Grow” or other growth supplement. We have had our garden mix tested by a local lab and it is rich in organic matter.

If you have a rich organic dirt base but would like to add some dirt to it, garden mix would be an acceptable option. If you have plenty of rich dirt but want to add more organic material to it, try our leaf compost. This nitrogen rich compost is a great additive to dirt.

Which soil can I use to prepare my yard prior to laying sod?

Screened soil is the best option to level out your yard before you lay sod.


Gravel

How much space will one ton of gravel cover?

A ton of gravel will cover approximately 100 square feet, 2 inches deep.

What type of rock do I use for a gravel driveway?

We recommend using CR610 limestone. It is a blend of fine gravel and a powder bonding agent. Over time, the weight of your car, coupled with the occasional rain, will help compact it into a nice solid base.

What type of gravel (or other material) do I use as a base when laying stone?

#10 limestone and red sand are your options.

I want to make a French drain, which gravel do I use?

Medium gravel provides enough weight for your piping, while allowing the water to flow without taking the gravel with it. Pea gravel and oversize gravel are also available if you would prefer smaller or larger gravel.


Stone

How many feet will a pallet of stone cover?

The majority of stone at our lots cover approximately 100 square feet (or linear feet). If you using the stone to outline a flowerbed, etc. you will need to measure your linear feet for the project. A pallet of stone covers 100 feet (if you want to lay 3 stones high, 33 feet will be covered with 1 pallet; 2 stones high, 50 feet).

How do I prep my ground to lay pavers?

To do this correctly, you will need two products. First, you will need to apply #10 limestone 2 inches thick as a base. It must be packed in using a tamper. Lay your stone and then lay a minimum of 1 inch red sand to level it. Natural stones are not consistently the same thickness, thus the red sand helps makes it level.

What can I use as a filler between my flagstone?

This really is a personal preference… #10 limestone, #8 limestone, grass or polymeric sand are popular options.

What’s the best rock to make a rock bed?

Our customers love river rock for this project. Check out our product photos to see one customer’s design on this great product.


Sod

Can I lay zoysia in sunny areas?

 Yes, you can. The majority of zoysia sold is for areas where Bermuda cannot grow due to sunlight restrictions. Zoysia can be planted in full sun areas as long as you have a proper irrigation system.

How much water does my new sod need?

The key is NOT to over water your new sod. Watering requirements depend on the weather and time of year you lay sod. For example, in the Spring, you may need to water an hour every other day. In the heat of the summer, you may need to water for an hour each day. It all depends on the humidity and heat of the year.

Can I lay sod in winter?

Yes. It is dormant and there is no issue with laying sod in the winter.