Step 1 - Kill the
It is a good idea to spray all weeds with a weed
killer 1 to 2 weeks prior to mulching. This will allow the weeds
to completely die. Dead weeds are the best weeds to pull!
Step 2 - Trim your trees and shrubs
Because of the debris
produced, we recommend that you trim your trees and shrubs prior
Step 3 - Clean & Cultivate your beds
Clean out all dead leaves, weeds and trimmings with a rake.
After your beds have been cleaned, cultivate any compacted soil
or mulch. A roto-tiller or hand cultivator will do the job.
Cultivating will allow moisture and air to pass through the
Step 4 - Edge your beds
Creating a clean
edge really enhances your landscape and gives it a professional
look. An edging shovel or power edger can be used to create your
edge. Try using your garden hose as a guide to create nice
Step 5 – Rake Smooth
Using a stiff
rake, such a as a mud rake, smooth out all the surfaces to be
Step 6 – Time to Mulch!
Using your hands or a
rake, apply new mulch over the existing mulch or soil to your
desired depth. When complete, water to moisturize mulch and
settle it into place.
Mulch should be applied no more
than 2 inches thick to provide a 1 to 1½ inch blanket after
settling. Building a volcano shape around a tree is an example
of excessive mulching, and it will cause more harm than good.
Mulch compacts after a few rains and causes a dry condition
under the mulch; this dry condition then starves the soil and
plants of air and water, promoting the growth of fungus and
potentially causing disease in your plants. We recommend
occasionally aerating or cultivating the mulch to reduce
Frequently Asked Questions
What is mulch?
* Mulch is wood that is ground into small
* Most commonly used for landscaping purposes
Do you sell "chips" or sawdust?
* No, only mulches
What kind of mulch do we offer?
* Hardwood mulch (double &
* Cedar mulch (Northern Cedar)
Mulch VS Cedar Mulch: What’s the difference?
* Cedar mulch is
stringy brown bark and tends to be very “woody”, giving it a
lighter appearance; Hardwood is ground into finer pieces and
tends to be darker in appearance
* Cedar is resistant to
decay; Hardwood decays much quicker providing nutrients to the
What is a cubic yard?
* One cubic yard is 3’ x 3’
x 3’ for a total of 27 cubic feet.
* One cubic yard will
fill 4 ½ - 6 cubic foot capacity wheelbarrows.
* One cubic
yard is equal to nine 3 cubic foot bags and covers approximately
100 square feet at 3 inches deep.
How much does 1 cubic
yard of mulch weigh?
* Hardwood = 1 cubic yard weighs approx.
* Cedar = 1 cubic yard weighs approx. 250 pounds
What does ORGANIC mean?
* Organic simple means that it is
all natural. There are no colorants or plywood’s etc. added or
ground into our mulch.
Is our mulch certified organic?
* No. There is currently no standard set by the Michigan
Department of Agriculture to certify landscape mulch.
What is mulch used for?
* Most commonly used for decorative
* In addition to its attractive
appearance, our mulch helps retain water, prevent weeds, repel
insects and control erosion
What is our mulch made from?
* Felled trees from surrounding areas are brought into our mill
yard and de-barked; the tree bark and other wood scraps from our
sawmill are collected for grinding