Mulch Guide

Why Mulch?
Mulch makes your flowerbeds look great – but it does so much more. It also retains moisture, slows down weed growth, provides nutrients, controls erosion and insulates the soil, protecting plants from extreme temperature variations.
The Basics
Hardwood, Cypress, Pine and Cedar are the four basic types of decorative mulches sold today. Each of these have differences in appearance and function. Want to find out more? Visit our mulch products page.
Starting the Mulching Process
  • Measure your landscape to figure out the total square feet to be mulched.
  • Decide what color and texture of mulch will give your landscape the best visual appeal.
  • Ask yourself if there extra functions needed from the mulch, such as erosion control or soil conditioning.
  • Decide on a budget. The experts at Ohio Mulch can help you find the products to fit.
Tips For Making The Most of Your Mulch
For a more attractive landscape design, follow these steps before applying mulch:
  • Clear the entire area of weeds, leaves and grass. If you are enlarging your landscape onto an established lawn, be sure to strip the sod completely.
  • Edge the border of your landscape and lawn, using a flat shovel or a power edger.
  • Trim all nearby trees and shrubs.
  • If mulching over existing mulch, be sure to loosen up the old mulch to ensure better moisture penetration.
Now you're ready to mulch! Get the best results by spreading the mulch with your hands at a thickness of about 2 inches. Don't allow the mulch to make direct contact with plants or nearby wooden structures in case of termites. After you're finished mulching, water the mulch down to put moisture into it and to settle it into place.
Cubic Yard:
One cubic yard is equivalent to nine 3 cf. bags and covers approximately 162 sq. ft. at 2 inches deep.
Bagged Products:
3 cf. bag covers approx. 18 sq.ft. at 2 inches deep
2 cf. bag covers approx. 12 sq.ft. at 2 inches deep
1 cf. bagged stone covers 6 sq.ft. at 1 inch deep (Landscape Fabric is highly recommended)
40lb bagged soil covers approx. 5 sq.ft. at 1 inch deep
50lb bagged stone covers approx. 5 sq.ft. at 1 inch