What is Mulch? 

Mulch is a material that covers the soil, usually in flower and landscape beds, to help control weeds and insulate plants. A stroll through the woods will reveal that mother nature mulches all her plants with a thick layer of fallen leaf litter and debris.  To mimic mother nature in our landscapes we apply a layer of mulch over the soil. It can also add visual appeal to your garden by making the ground look consistent and well maintained.

What Are the Benefits of Mulch?

Mulch has many benefits for your garden area. It helps retain moisture in the soil; mulch adds organic matter breaking down over time, adding beneficial nutrients back into the soil. Mulch reduces winter injury by insulating the plants and helps with weed suppression.

Types of Mulch Available at the Grass Pad

Choosing the right mulch for your garden depends on personal preference and how you’d like the finished bed to look.  Each of our Grass Pad locations offers mulch in bags and in bulk, although the options and inventory will vary by store. It’s best to call your nearest Grass Pad and see what options are available.

Grass Pad Locations Sell the Following Bagged Mulch Options:

Black Dyed Mulch

Brown Dyed Mulch

Pine Bark Mulch

Pine Bark Mini Nuggets

Cedar Mulch

Cypress Mulch

Red Mulch

Hardwood Mulch

Bulk Mulch for Sale at the Grass Pad

Each store location has bulk mulch that can be loaded into a trailer or a truck by one of our staff members. We offer bulk mulch in two varieties – Espresso Mulch (dark brown, dyed mulch) and Premium Chipped Mulch (brown chipped mulch). These are both sold by the cubic yard and can be purchased at the point of sale. Be sure to call your local store for availability. We are happy to load our bulk mulch by the bucket full into your truck or trailer, currently our delivery options are for bagged mulch only.

How to Mulch Your Trees and Shrubs

After planting new plants, or when refreshing the mulch every year, ensure that the mulch stays at least 3-4 inches from the trunk of the plant. Mulching keeps the sun and wind from drying out the top of the root ball and also helps prevent weeds and grass from growing on top of the root ball. To keep the mulch from spilling over into the lawn or other area, it’s best to dig an edge or use a piece of metal or vinyl edging.

Uncle’s Tip: Avoid the Mulch Volcano! The trunk tissue is not meant to have moisture held against it.  Avoid having mulch piled against the trunk of the tree to avoid rotting or degradation of the bark.

How Much Mulch Do I Need? 

That will depend on how deep you want the mulch and the square footage of the mulched area. The most common bag sizes for mulch are a 2 cubic foot and 3 cubic foot bags. The bulk mulch will be sold by the cubic yard. Use the tables below to determine how many cubic feet you’ll need to cover your mulch area.

2 Cubic Foot Bag

Depth Coverage
2″ 12 Square Feet
3″ 8 Square Feet
4″ 6 Square Feet

3 Cubic Foot Bag

Depth Coverage
2″ 18 Square Feet
3″ 12 Square Feet
4″ 9 Square Feet

1 Cubic Yard

Depth Coverage
2″ 162 Square Feet
3″ 108 Square Feet
4″ 81 Square Feet

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