Fine Mulch or Course Mulch which one stays better?

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by mark2, Apr 21, 2002.

  1. mark2

    mark2 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 93

    I seem to think that medium to course textured mulch stays in place better during heavy rains. I hear some people say that fine mulch like mini nuggets stays better.
    What do you think:D ?
  2. Lanelle

    Lanelle LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,361

    Shredded mulch will 'knit' together and stay in place fairly well. The bark nuggets have a tendency to float away in heavy rains. If mulch is shredded to a very fine consistency, it tends to decompose too quickly. Large nuggets also tend to get kicked out of beds easily.
  3. dougaustreim

    dougaustreim LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 488

    I would agree, the real answer is shredded versus chipped or chunks. The chips and chunks float and blow regardless of size.

    We've had very good luck with the shredded product.

    Our local playground equipment factory (Rainbow Playsystems) is the world's largest consumer of redwood lumber. As a result, they have a lot of scrap which they chip for landscape mulch. Since there is no freight and they have tons of it, the price is minimal. Most homeowners who use it only stay with it a year or two at the most, and then they come to us to get shredded hardwood bark to replace it with, because our product stays put, the chips do not.

    What helps though is that the large much companies that come here to pickup up redwood, give us a very good freight rate for the shredded bark coming in, because they are loaded both ways.

    Doug Austreim
    Austreim Lanscaping Inc
  4. strickdad

    strickdad LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 544

    lanelle is 100% correct here ...
  5. prairie

    prairie LawnSite Member
    from kansas
    Messages: 115

    I couldn't have put it anyother way. Stay away from the bulky bark and go w/ the shredded mulch. Been there and done that.

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