The Best Time To Buy Mulch

Best time to buy mulch

Mulching your landscape offers a range of benefits that will last past the current season. Knowing how to mulch and when to put mulch down is not complicated. Choosing the best time to stock up on bags of mulch can seem like complex science. Everyone knows a general time that they should mulch their landscape. Prices on mulch will increase, and the supply will also dissipate in early spring. While this may not seem like much of a problem, missing out on mulching season can spell disaster for your yard and flower beds. We have some tips on when the best time to buy mulch is so you will get the best prices on bulk mulch and the best stock.

The Best Time To Buy Mulch

Why Do Mulch Prices Fluctuate?

Any seasonal item, be it road salt, mulch, or even certain plants will always fetch a premium during the peak of its season. The higher demand for an item, the more a store or manufacturer can charge.

This is why many shopping-savvy landscapers stock up on various yard maintenance products during the cold winter off-season. For example, if you walked into your local home supply store in the mid to late spring and summer months, chances are you could find de-icing agents in the bargain bin; if they were in stock at all. The same item will be much harder to find at a cheap price once the fall and winter months roll around.

Are There Risks In Buying Mulch Too Early?

There is a risk no matter what action you take. However, as far as mulch goes, there is very little to be worried about. Buying gardening and landscaping supplies during the offseason is the best way to get great value for your dollar while also preparing your land for the upcoming season.

Dry storage items such as packaged seeds, de-icers, tools, and even wood chips can be stored anywhere on your property that is free of moisture. Other landscaping items such as mulch, fertilizer, actual plants, and other moist items need to be in a generally temperature-controlled space to prevent rot.

When Should I Buy Mulch?

The best time to apply mulch to your landscape is mid-fall and early winter. Therefore it would be best to buy your mulch at the end of the summer. This will allow you to beat the fall rush on mulch and deliver nutrients to the soil and root systems. This will also allow you to get it at a much cheaper rate than usual.

Buying mulch at the very end of winter is also a great idea. At this time you just have to be a bit more cautious so that you don’t end up loading up on mulch that is going to go bad or dry out before the mulching season rolls around.

Always look at the manufacture date and good-till date on the bag of mulch before making your purchase. Mulch stays good for a long time, but it will start to degrade over time. If you plan to have it in storage on your property for six months or more, make sure you factor that into your purchase when checking dates.

Is Mulching That Important?

You may be wondering if mulching your landscape is actually important enough to buy mulch so far in advance. Placing a layer of mulch is a healthy way to save time, save water and also enrich the soil of your lawn and garden. Adding mulch can also help keep your garden beds weed-free. However, you don’t want to add too thick of a layer of mulch that your plants suffocate.

If you have trees, mulching can protect the roots and provide valuable nutrients that will help support healthy growth. Gardeners know that certain types of mulch can help boost crop development and even support extra growth. You can reduce pests and insects on your landscape with proper mulching. This means you will need to use fewer harsh pesticides and insecticides as a result. Timely mulching can also help battle erosion and runoff during the runny season.

Popular Types of Mulch

  • Shredded Bark
  • Straw
  • Compost
  • Cedar Bark
  • Pine Bark
  • Stones or River Rock

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