(Frequently Asked Questions)
- Don’t just say mulch!
- How do I know how much mulch I need?
- Why should I mulch?
- What does mulch do beside improve appearances?
- A Couple Of Quick Pointers On Mulching
- Additional Delivery Charges
- Forklift Fee Details
Don’t just say mulch!
The word “mulch” is actually a generic term that refers to any organic material used to inhibit weed growth and maintain moisture around the roots of plants. Many people have gotten into the habit of referring to “shredded mulch” simply as “mulch. It’s important when ordering mulch to be specific (i.e. shredded mulch or playground chips, mini pine bark, large nuggets, classic red mulch, etc.)
How do I know how much mulch I need?
In order to get a good idea of exactly how much mulch you need for your landscaping you first must measure the dimensions of each individual bed and multiply the length of each bed by its width to calculate the square footage of the area. The standard approximation used in the industry is that you will need 1 cubic yard of your choice of mulch for every 100 square feet or so of bedding to be covered. This calculation assumes that you are going to apply the mulch at the recommended minimum depth of three inches. We have provided an automatic cubic yardage calculator for your use. Simply click on the following link to go to the BFP QuikCubiCalc and follow the instructions.
Why should I mulch?
Many homeowners think of mulch as strictly cosmetic, just something to make the place look good. And it’s true that mulch around the base of trees and shrubs does improve property appearance. But there’s an awful lot more that mulch contributes to your landscape by making maintenance much easier, and providing other benefits that are underground and out of sight.
What does mulch do beside improve appearances?
Mulch provides a variety of benefits besides making your property more appealing. Some of the main ones are discussed below:
- Retaining Moisture & Inhibiting Weed Growth. Mulched soil retains moisture much better around your trees than bare soil can. This means watering less (a major concern as our water supply becomes depleted) and reducing the chance of water stress on the trees. Mulch also cuts down soil erosion or wash-out around trees, it keeps weeds down, reduces soil compaction, and can even improve soil structure as the mulch breaks down. Mulched barriers around trees also keep mowers and trimmers from causing mechanical damage to the trees.
- Managing Soil Temperatures For Better Tree Growth. Tree roots are sensitive to the high Florida daytime temperatures. When the surface soil reaches 100 to 108 degrees or more (which it easily can many days of the spring, summer or fall), most tree roots begin to die. Temperatures that high simply kill the roots. Unfortunately, this happens in the upper area of the soil (the top 5″ to 6″), which is usually the most fertile. A layer of 3″ of mulch can reduce soil temperatures by as much as 10 degrees, maintaining a healthy growth environment for the roots, and letting them grow actively in the upper soil.
- Many Materials Available As Mulch. Mulches are either organic or inorganic. Organic choices include: bark chips and shredded bark (of which there are many kinds commercially available); wood shavings; sawdust; peat moss; cocoa hulls (a great smelling choice if you like chocolate!); straw or pine straw; rice hulls or crushed corn cobs; and yard waste like leaves, grass and twigs. Those in the yard waste group are not widely used because they don’t usually improve property appearance as much as the commercially produced mulches. Inorganic mulches include gravel (or crushed rock), a variety of sheet materials (like plastic), and several types of shredded rubber or tires. Of the commercially produced mulches, costs and availability vary greatly depending on the area of the country, but overall, the pine, and hardwood products are the most common and economical here in Florida.
A Couple Of Quick Pointers On Mulching
- You should keep mulch from piling up around the trunk. Don’t simply keep adding to the top of the pile each year, as this can cause rot, disease, and insect problems at the base. Apply mulch 3″ to 5″ deep after removing grass and weeds and cultivating the soil.
- Mulch reduces soil temperature as much as 10 degrees — enough to make a difference between supporting or killing tiny feeder roots near the surface. Mulch applied around your trees each year reduces water stress, weeds and damage to trees. Many materials work well as mulch, with wood products being the most common.
Additional Delivery Charges:
Please note there may be additional delivery charges applicable depending on quantity of purchased product.
Due to the complexity of each order, these additional charges will not be applied to the initial internet order. Instead, these additional delivery fees will be charged either at time of delivery or prior to. Regardless, we will confirm any, and all, additional charges with you prior to charging your credit card.
If you wish to confirm whether or not these fees will be applied to your order, please contact Bolling Forest directly at 407-359-9774 (Oviedo) or 407-869-9003 (Longwood). One of our sales associates will be more than happy to assist you.
Additional Delivery Charges Details:
You can either choose to have the pallet(s) loaded into our normal delivery truck and dumped out at the destination or you can select the option of having a forklift accompany the delivery in order to have the pallets unloaded and placed on the ground at the site.
Should you choose to order the forklift there will be an additional $35 forklift charge applied to orders of less than 4 pallets being delivered to one location.