Should You Order Mulch or Compost for Your Landscape Enhancement?

April 22, 2021
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You are looking to upgrade the landscaping at your business or property, and you are looking for the best materials possible. But you may be asking yourself a very basic question before you can make any further plans: should I order mulch, or compost? This is a question that every landscaper and gardener has faced at one point or another, and although it seems simple, it’s not always easy to answer. Luckily, we are here to offer you a breakdown of benefits and drawbacks of each option to help you make the best decision for your project. And whatever you decide, JK Enterprises has the best offerings in the Virginia and Maryland area, in mulch, compost, or any other sort of bulk soil you may need.

Compost is decomposed organic material that is extremely useful to provide nourishment to plants. You can even make your own compost by leaving vegetable bits and other food scraps in a special pile or container and allowing them to decompose on their own. However, there are drawbacks to using your own compost in a garden. For one, using pure compost to grow plants usually will not work because the compost will actually overwhelm the plant with certain nutrients and prevent it from developing healthily as it should. But more importantly, we have to be realistic about scale here. You likely came to JK Enterprise’s website because you’re looking for a high-quality product in a large quantity, and making a pile of leftover banana peels is simply not going to meet your needs. At JK Enterprises, we provide a wide variety of composting products that contain the perfect blend of pure compost and other types of soil. When you buy from us, you will be getting as much compost as you need at a great price, and it will be just the right mixture for your landscaping needs.

When to Use Compost

So, when should you use compost exactly? Compost-based topsoil is best for laying the groundwork for a large garden or landscaping project which will have lots of living plants in it. Compost gives the plants the nutrients they need to grow big and beautiful, and to turn your outdoor area into a work of living art. Plus, compost will stay under the ground for season after season, so using a healthy amount of compost when first constructing a garden-type environment can lead to many seasons of beauty and plant production, without you having to dig up and re-plant beds of plants.

Compost can also be used to till the soil of an already existing garden or intentional landscape in order to make your plants even healthier, stronger, and more beautiful. If your garden isn’t quite performing as you want it to, try ordering a few bags of our compost and gently tilling it into the sold around your plants. It will serve as a healthy source of delicious food for your struggling plants, and your flora-related trouble should be gone in no time. Compost can even serve as a food source for worms, which are always great for keeping your garden or landscape area nice and loose, and for preventing anything for hardening over and becoming ugly and barren.

When to Use Mulch

Mulch, on the other hand, should not be tilled into an already existing garden, because the things that it is made of are not usually good for plants to eat and may disrupt their growth. Mulch also is not what one uses to start a garden, before there are lots of well-developed plants in your landscaping area. Using mulch in situations such as theses is not getting the best use out of the material, and may actually lead to failed landscaping project. Again, if you are looking to get your garden started, or to provide a boost of delicious and nutritious food for your plants, compost and compost-based topsoil are the way to go.

Mulch is, however, very useful for a developed landscaping space when it is sprinkled on top of and around your plants. Mulch can be made out of all kinds of things, such as leaves, grass clippings, wood chips, or even certain types of plastic. At JK Enterprises, we offer many varieties of mulch, made out of pine, cedar, and several other types of wood. We also offer mulch in several different colors, such as red, black, and several shades of brown, so that you can match the shade of mulch to the rest of your landscaping area and your business itself, creating an attractive and well-functioning natural area.

When mulch is spread on top of the soil in the area in which you are doing large-scale landscaping enhancements, it can offer many different benefits to your plants and the area in which they live. For one, mulch just looks good, and it can give your garden or farm a more finished, professional, and attractive style, in any color that your wish. Practically speaking, though, it has even more important benefits for your plants. Although it won’t provide the same type of nutrients to your plants that compost will, mulch is extremely important because it can help provide what your plants need even more: plenty of moisture. Mulch holds water better and longer than other types of soil and landscaping materials, so it can continuously keep your plants and the area around them nice and hydrated, even though a dry spell or if you forget to water them.

Mulch is also great to keep any weed infestations to a minimum in your landscaping project. No one likes weeding, and while mulch may not be able to eliminate weeds from your outdoor area completely, they prevent seeds from wild plants from easily taking root amongst your domesticated plants by covering up the rich organic soil beneath them. That way, weeds have trouble taking root in the first place and you won’t have to worry as much about yanking them out. Lastly, mulch is great for controlling the temperature in your garden. Whether it is too cold for your plants or too warm, mulch’s stabilizing properties can help keep your plants nice and toasty or cool them down when they’re getting roasted by the sun.

Hopefully, now you have a bit of a better sense of whether you need mulch, compost, or some combination of both of them. Whatever you decide, make sure you come to JK Enterprises for all of your bulk soil needs.