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The Mulch Guy has been in the wood products business for many years, being a partner in a large sawmill business. One of the by products of a sawmill is bark off the logs before they can be sawn.

In 1978 I came in contact with a man who had an idea to market the bark for mulch use. We had a couple of people pull out the larger pieces and sold the rest for mulch. As time went on we acquired a grinder to make the pieces more uniform and easier to work with.

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Q. How much mulch do I need?
A. We recommend you mulch 3 inches deep. At this depth one cubic yard covers approximately 100 square feet. To figure how much to buy you will need to find the square footage of the area you wish to mulch. Divide that number by 100 and this will be how many cubic yards you need. ie: L x W Divided by 100

Q. Does hardwood bark mulch attract termites?
A. This is probably our number one asked question. The answer is no. Termites in Indiana are subterranean. They are only attracted to wood that is below the earth's surface. Since mulch is used above ground is does not attract them. Also the "bark" mulches are made from the bark on the trees and not the white wood that termites like to dine on.

Q. Does hardwood bark mulch draw bugs?
A. Any organic material has the capability of drawing insects or bugs. This is not bad though because it is a part of the natural scheme of things. The mulch will not attract any more bugs or insects than would normally already be there.

Q. Is your mulch treated?
A. No, we do not treat our mulches with any chemicals. They are all organic. In very dry weather we recommend that when you water your plants also water down your mulch. This will help there not be a fire hazard and it also helps hold moisture in for your plants well being.

Q. What's the best kind of mulch to use?
A. The type of mulch you use depends on your application. Courser mulch does well in large areas and around large trees and on hillsides. A medium to fine mulch works well around shrubs and flowers. Wood mulches make good paths and playground material as well as dog runs. We would be glad to assist you in picking out a mulch that is right for your application.

Q. What's the difference between hardwood bark mulch, hardwood mulch,and colored mulch ?
A. Hardwood "bark" mulch is made from the bark that comes off of hardwood trees when they are taken to the sawmills. Hardwood mulch can be any mulch containing any kind of hardwood. It can be bark and white wood or just the white wood. Colored mulch is a product made from chopped up pallets that are then dyed.

Q. How many yards will my truck hold?
A. A standard size pick up bed holds 2 cubic yards. A small pick up bed holds one.

Q. If I buy bags how many will I need?
A. You will need 13.5 two cubic foot bags to make one cubic yard.

Q. How often will I need to mulch?
A. This will depend on what kind of mulch you get and how fresh you like your landscape to look. To keep "bark" mulches looking fresh you will need to mulch once every year since they tend to break down quicker enriching the soil below. Colored mulches may fade. To keep them looking good you may need to top-dress them once every year. Top dressing is applying about an inch of material on top of existing material.

Q. Sometimes I get mold on top of mulch. What is it and is it harmful?
A. When it gets very hot and humid a fungus sometimes grows on top of mulch. It looks yellowish brown in color and can be unpleasant to look at. It can easily be gotten rid of by hitting it with a hoe or with a blast of water from a hose. This fungus is not harmful.

Q. Will mulch keep my beds weed free?
A. It will depend on your bed preparation. Mulch will help eliminate most of your weeds and make any that do come up easy to pull. For a totally weed free bed it is best to use a weed barrier and then put mulch on top of it.

Q . What is the best weed barrier?
A. I always suggest old newspaper. Wet it down with a garden hose as you apply it. Put as many layers as you want. The newspaper is made of the same basic material as mulch.

QUESTION - I've seen your delivery truck around town but never have been able to catch up with you. How can I get the mulch guy to bring me some mulch?

ANSWER - You can reach the Mulch Guy (Larry Summerton) at 278-3644. Or go to our contact page for directions and hours.

QUESTION - Hey Mulch Guy. Ive heard that spreading fresh mulch in your yard will attract middle aged lady's? Is that true?

Signed Confused landscaper

ANSWER - Dear confused. Much has been said about the benefits of Bark Mulch and none of which has anything to do with attracting a mate. You might try some different clothes and hitting the gym. Good luck

The Mulch Guy.

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