Frequently Asked Questions About Landscape Supplies

Frequently Asked Questions About Landscape Supplies

What kind of mulch do I need?

Hardwood Mulch – Single or double-ground mulch. Stringy in composition, this makes it resistant to wind and erosion.

Poplar/Oak Bark Mulch – Double-ground mulch. Stringy in composition, this makes it resistant to wind and erosion.

Pine Bark Mulch – comes in 3 varieties, which are ground, mini-chips, (1-2 in.) and nuggets (3-4 in). Camellias, roses, azaleas, and rhododendrons prefer pine bark because of its high acidity level. Ground pine bark is commonly used as a soil conditioner.

Dyed Red, Black and Brown – organically dyed mulches made from recycled materials that are mostly oak. Will not harm plants or animals.

Cedar Mulch – white cedar with hints of red, and it is also double-shredded. Great in dog pens because it is also a natural bug repellent. Retains less moisture than other mulches, so it works well for garden paths.

Cypress Chips – a 1/2 inch chip used for walkways, playground areas, and areas where a ground cover is needed that will hold up well. Cypress chips will last a long time if spread in a thick layer.

What are the benefits of mulch?

Mulch helps to keep weeds down, keeps the soil moist, and it protects the plants roots from heaving, which is when they come up out of the soil due to the soil alternating freezing and thawing. Mulch also keeps plants cleaner because soil does not splash up on the flowers and foliage, and it improves the aesthetics of your entire landscape.

How thick do I need to spread mulch?

We recommend spreading mulch 3-4 inches thick in order to get the most out of it. If there is some existing mulch in the area already, then 1-2 inches may be sufficient. We suggest that you remove existing mulch if you are changing to something different, unless the older mulch is already decomposed.

Does mulch attract termites?

Mulch is not an attractive food source for termites. They prefer larger, woody material that is 6 inches plus in diameter. If it is a real concern for you, we suggest spreading gravel 6 inches out from the foundation of your house, and then spreading mulch from this point on would be a good solution.

Volume Needed

Volume capacity is another consideration. A full size pickup truck with a full length 8’ bed will hold 3 cubic yards heaping full. A small pickup truck is usually good for up to 1 ½ cubic yards with a regular sized bed.

 

Ordering A Delivery

Consider when do you need it, products, quantity and dumping location. For delivery charge quotes, please call our nearest yard location to you, listed in the “contact us” section of this site.

 

Dumping Location

One possible advantage of using your own pickup truck or trailer maybe that you are able to get the material closer to where it is going to be used. When the decision is made to get a delivery, consider dump spot options. Bulk materials are delivered by dump trucks and tractor trailers, in some cases. These trucks are heavy duty special purpose vehicles unlike pickup trucks. The ability of these types of trucks to maneuver on a residential site is limited. They will leave compacted ruts in a lawn, and will likely tear up turf if a turn is required in the lawn area. Also the dump box goes very high in order to dump so trees overhead wires etc can effect where the load can be dumped.

Also, driveways are susceptible to cracking when a dump truck drives off the side of them to access another area. Typically a cement or tarmac driveway which was constructed properly will not get damaged when the truck backs up and stays on the drive. Consider using an alternative dumping spot if your driveway is new. New concrete is susceptible to cracking. Consider that a 15 cubic yard dump truck of soil weighs approximatly 60,000 lbs or 30 tons. Your car weighs about 2 tons.

Alfonza Landscape

7419 Broad River Road Irmo,

SC 29063

Phone Number:

(803) 407-6396

(803) 407-1839 Fax

Office Hours:

Mon, Tues, Thur, & Friday 8am-6pm

Wed. & Sat. 8am-4pm

Sunday Closed