One of the easiest and most cost effective ways to dress up landscaping around your home is to use mulch. Using mulch gives your home the additive architectural element of well-defined planting beds which is visually appealing. Mulch also adds beneficial nutrients to the soil which increases the health and beauty of plants, shrubs and trees. Overall, mulch can contribute significant value to your home.
Homeowners can pick up their products in bulk. To do so, you will need an open bed pickup truck or an open trailer because our bulk mulch and other products are loaded with a front end loader. Those who come to any of our yards can also stop in and view any of our products.
We deliver mulch, soil products, and aggregates to thousands of homes each year. You can request our products to be delivered directly to you. Call (847) 459-7200 to schedule a delivery, or order online.
Did You Know?
The Mulch Center is a local landscape supply company that specializes in manufacturing organic products throughout the Chicagoland area. This allows The Mulch Center to keep its costs low and pass the savings onto the homeowner. Our highly experienced staff is well trained and provides advice on the best products and quantities for your project.
Useful Information For Homeowners
Uses and Effects of Mulch
As you consider your use of mulch, here are some homeowner mulch tips. You should keep in mind that organic, as opposed to inorganic mulch, is the best mulch for trees and for all of your plants, as well. If you are mulching around evergreens, we recommend using Pine Fines — see the product page for a description.
Placing mulch over the soil surface in and around the plants within your planting beds will conserve water loss from the soil, provide nutrients to the soil and plants, minimize weed competition, insulate soil, control erosion and improve soil structure. This is why mulching is considered one of the most favorable landscape additives. As an added benefit, mulching trees and plants can also give landscapes a handsome, well-groomed appearance.
It is noteworthy to say that The Mulch Center’s manufactured products are 100% sourced from local organics (i.e. trees, shrubs, grasses, etc). We do not use any materials from construction waste, debris or pallets.
Where To Use Mulch for Best Results
Mulch entire beds of trees, shrubs, annuals, perennials and/or ground covers. Mulching is an important practice for establishing new plantings. Mulch can be used instead of grass around trees and shrubs. This greatly reduces the competition for water and nutrients from the turf and increases the growth rate and health of your plantings. In addition to being useful around plants, mulch can be used as a ground cover for walks, trails, play areas and dog runs.
Master Gardner Assistance
Do you have additional gardening questions? Then the University of Illinois Master Gardener Extension program is a great resource to use. You can get assistance by calling the numbers provided below or you can visit their website by tapping the logo below.
Lake County: (847) 223 -8627
Monday-Friday 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
McHenry Country: (815) 338-3737 ext. 16
Avoid Volcano Mulching
Unfortunately, North American landscapes are falling victim to a plague of over-mulching. A term, “mulch volcanoes,” has emerged to describe mulch that has been piled up around the base of trees. See illustration for proper and improper ways of mulching trees.
Prepare The Area
For optimal results, all areas to be mulched should be cleared of any existing weeds or grass before mulch is applied. As an additional precautionary step in weed control, you can also install a landscape fabric weed barrier to help prevent new growth of weeds or grass, but this is not absolutely necessary.
A shovel and wheel barrow is helpful when transporting the mulch to your planting areas. A pitchfork and/or leaf rake should be used to spread the mulch evenly around your plants.
Mulching Trees & Shrubs
According to the International Society of Arboriculture, the mulched area should cover as much of the tree root zone as possible, from near the trunk to the drip line is considered ideal. For recent transplants, mulch beyond the root ball. Maintain mulch for at least three years to facilitate root growth and to protect trees from mechanical damage. Where possible incorporate multiple trees and shrubs into one larger mulch bed, is more effective than single rings around individual trees. For larger existing trees, the minimum radius for mulch is at least three times the trunk diameter.