When is The Best Time To Buy Mulch?

Best time to buy mulch

Mulching your landscape offers a range of benefits that will last all year long – even in the winter months. Knowing how to mulch your yard to prevent weed growth and soil erosion, and retain moisture, as well as when to spread mulch is not complicated. Everyone knows a general time of the year that they should mulch their landscape. However, knowing when the best time to buy mulch is can seem like complex science.

When is The Best Time of the Year To Buy Mulch?

The price of a bag of mulch or cubic feet of mulch will increase, and the supply will also dissipate during peak mulching season. While this may not seem like much of a problem, missing out on mulching season can spell disaster for your garden beds and vegetable gardens.

We have some tips on when the best time to buy mulch is so you will get the best price and the best stock.

When Should I Buy Mulch?

The best time to apply mulch to your landscape is mid-to-late spring. Therefore, early spring is the best time to buy mulch. This will allow you to beat the rush on mulch and get it at a much cheaper price than usual.

Buying mulch at the very end of winter when spring mulch sales pop up is a great idea. At this time you just have to be a bit more cautious so that you don’t end up missing out on the opportunity to buy mulch altogether.

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

Are There Risks In Buying Mulch Too Early?

There are certain risks when buying mulch no matter what action you take. However, as far as organic mulch goes, there is very little to be worried about as long as it is properly stored.

Buying gardening and landscaping supplies during the offseason is the best way to get great value for your dollar and also save time when preparing your land for the upcoming season.

Landscaping supplies such as mulch, fertilizer, actual plants, and other moist items need to be in a generally temperature-controlled space to prevent rot.

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.

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 items during the off-season.

For example, if you walked into your local home supply store in the middle of July, chances are you could find de-icing agents in the bargain bin; if they were in stock at all. However, the same item will be much harder to find at a cheap price once December rolls around. The same can be said for the price of mulch and mulch supply during peak season.

Is Mulching That Important?

You may be wondering if mulching your landscape is actually important enough to buy mulch so far in advance.

Spreading a layer of mulch in flower beds is the best way to save water, protect root systems, and enrich the soil. If you have trees, putting down mulch 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. In some cases, you can reduce pests and insects on your landscape with proper mulching. As a result, there will be less of a need for harsh pesticides and insecticides. Timely mulching can also help battle erosion and runoff during the rainy season.

Types of Mulch and Seasonal Availability

Understanding the availability and pricing trends of different mulch types throughout the year can help gardeners and landscapers make informed purchasing decisions.

  1. Organic Mulch: Organic mulches, such as wood chips, bark, straw, and compost, are popular choices for gardeners due to their ability to enrich soil, retain moisture, and suppress weeds. These mulches are often readily available in spring and early summer, coinciding with the peak gardening season. As demand increases during this time, prices may slightly rise. However, availability may decrease in late summer and fall as supplies are depleted or diverted to other uses.
  2. Inorganic Mulch: Inorganic mulches, such as gravel, rocks, and rubber mulch, offer low-maintenance alternatives with long-lasting durability. Unlike organic mulches, their availability remains relatively consistent throughout the year, as they are not subject to decomposition. Prices for inorganic mulches may also be more stable, although fluctuations can occur due to factors like transportation costs or market demand for landscaping projects.
  3. Colored Mulch: Colored mulches, typically made from shredded wood dyed with natural or synthetic pigments, provide aesthetic appeal while offering similar benefits to traditional mulches. Availability and pricing of colored mulches may vary depending on the region and the popularity of landscaping projects during certain seasons. For instance, demand for red-colored mulch might increase during fall for decorative purposes, potentially affecting pricing and availability.
  4. Specialty Mulches: Specialty mulches, such as cocoa bean hulls, pine needles, or straw, cater to specific gardening needs or aesthetic preferences. Factors like regional production, transportation costs, and seasonal demand for particular garden styles or plantings may influence the availability and pricing of these types of mulches.

Omaha Mulch Prices – Updated April 2024

$28 per cubic yard

Coffee Brown, Hickory Brown & Black:
$38 per cubic yard

Amber & Red:
$38 per cubic yard

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