When you think of mulch, you probably think of landscapes and lawns with beds of black, brown, or red mulch. However, mulch is not only for flowers, shrubs, and trees. In its most general sense, mulch is a layer of material that is applied to the surface of soil. While mulch is most commonly found in gardens and lawns, it is also put to use in playgrounds. In fact, some of our most popular products are playground mulch. In this article, we will go over the difference between “regular” mulch and playground mulch. If you would like to learn more about our selection of mulch, then call Mulch-It now or visit our location.
“Regular” mulch, or the mulch you commonly see in gardens, lawns, and landscapes, is favored for some of its soil-protecting, weed-smothering, and nutrient-providing properties. This mulch is generally organic, made of bark or wood, which breaks down and decays over time. As it breaks down, it releases nitrogen and other nutrients into the soil. But the benefits of regular mulch are life-long.
Regular mulch helps retain moisture by blocking out the sun and slowing the effects of evaporation. It also protects soil from fluctuating temperatures, helping the soil maintain stable temperature through day and night. Mulch keeps extreme temperatures and heat from getting to the soil, and it also keeps weeds from breaking through. Mulch smothers weeds, and the ones that do take root are easy to pull out as their roots are generally shallow.
Finally, mulch offers aesthetic appeal for yards and landscapes. There are plenty of color options with the most popular being black, brown, and red. Property owners and homeowners enjoy agreeing the mulch color with the building and flowers.
Applying mulch on playgrounds is done with different purposes than applying it on lawns and landscapes. However, there are overlapping benefits. For example, playground mulch is aesthetically appealing. Compare the mental image of a playground infested with weeds and dry ground with one that has a layer of colorful mulch. Mulch keeps the park looking lively and without weeds.
The more important benefit of playground mulch is its protective properties. As you know, kids are excited and running amok on playgrounds. They fall often and can injure themselves. Rubber and even soft, wooden mulch will soften their landing, reducing the risk of injuries requiring medical attention. Inorganic playground mulch will not deteriorate like organic mulch, meaning you will not have to replace it frequently. The same goes for its color. You can enjoy the vibrancy of playground mulch for a long time.
Mulch-It Has It All
Whether you are looking for organic mulch for your garden beds and landscaping projects or playground mulch for a public or private park, Mulch-It has you covered. Mulch-It is proud to have a wide selection of quality mulch. We invite you to call or visit our site to see our options for yourself. We are happy to schedule a delivery date or help you arrange a pickup.