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Tips for Proper Mulching

Sunday, June 1st, 2014

Mulching is one of the best things you can do for vegetable and flower gardens, shrubs and trees, if done properly. It’s not only aesthetically pleasing but beneficial to the plants as well. The benefits of mulching include keeping weeds down and keeping moisture in the soil, thus requiring less watering. Using too much mulch will prevent water from reaching the roots and keep the soil cooler rather than warm enough.

Tips for Proper MulchingProper mulching is important for plants under stress or newly planted ones without extensive root systems. To correctly apply mulches be sure to thoroughly remove all grass and weeds from the area where you are applying the mulch, then water well. When applying bark mulch to trees, start 6” from the base of the tree and work out to the desired diameter. Depth should start at 1” at the inner circle, increasing to no more than 4” (2” for clay soils) at the outer edge of the circle. Final depth may be reduced if landscape fabric is used under the mulch.

Excessive mulch material piled up against the base of a tree or shrub, keeps moisture in direct contact with the bark. The moisture penetrates the bark and suffocates the cells of the phloem, which is the layer of living tissue that transfers food up and down the plant. When this supply of food from the leaves is limited, the roots die back. This leads to less water being taken up, and the tree or shrub goes into general decline, leaf drop, and premature death.

Tips for Proper MulchingSecondary problems, like borers and fungi, will move into plants weakened by improper mulching. In sugar maples, the fungal pathogen Phytophthora will move in because of the high moisture around the trunk. This may create a canker symptom (sunken discolored and dead area) that girdles the trunk at the base, and hastens the decline of the tree.

Each year additional mulch may be added to the previous year’s remaining mulch to maintain proper depth. Removal defeats one of the purposes of mulch, which is to decay and mix with the soil. Irrigating the old mulch before adding more will prevent it from forming a hard surface that deflects water.

Some of the same mulching principles apply to flowers. It’s too easy to shovel huge fork loads over plants. Don’t cover perennials, or you may smother them. Keep mulch out of the center crown of the shrubs and other plants. This is especially true for shallow-rooted species such as yarrows and many bellflowers. Do not mulch perennial beds too Tips for Proper Mulchingearly in the spring before shoots emerge. Mulching over peonies more than an inch or two may keep them from blooming.

Some people lay landscape fabric down before applying mulch, water is able to permeate the fabric and reach the plant roots. If you lay black plastic, make sufficient holes for the water to reach the plants, then lightly mulch over the top with bark or other material. A similar method can be used with annuals or in vegetable gardens with thick layers of newspapers (they are easier to lay if moistened), then covered with rotted sawdust, wood shavings, or similar. Of course the paper will rot and can then be tilled back into the soil, adding further organic matter.

Common Pests in the Garden

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

No matter what type of gardening you enjoy – vegetables, perennials, annuals or shrubs and trees – when it comes to appreciating what’s growing, you’re not alone. Sadly, there are many common pests that can seem to undo much of your hard work in the blink of an eye. There are things you can do to prevent pests or eliminate them once you have them but for now, we’re going to help you learn to recognize just who may be in your garden with you.

Aphids - Common Pests in the GardenAphids are very common in gardens as well as on indoor house plants. They’re small, soft-bodied insects that feed in colonies. They are green, black, yellow, or even pink, which makes it difficult for many to be sure they’re aphids. Aphids suck the fluid from plants which, in turn, causes the leaves to curl up and turn brown.

Spider Mites - Common Pests in the GardenSpider Mites are often identified by the leaves with spotted markings on their undersides and the presence of shiny webs throughout the plant. These are very small pests – too small to see with the naked eye.

Mealy Bugs - Common Pests in the GardenMealybugs are tiny white insects that colonize on the bases of leaves. They are covered in a cotton-like mass of wax that is almost permanent. Male mealybugs can fly but the females cannot. They suck plant fluids, causing drooping and eventually death to the plant.

Whiteflies - Common Pests in the GardenWhiteflies are covered with white scales that display a powdery appearance. They suck sap from plant leaves and stems. Whitefly infestations include wilting, stunted growth, and reduced yield of plants. They are particularly widespread in warm climates.

Scales -- Common Pests in the GardenScales live in colonies and are covered in a waxy shell. They feed by attaching themselves to a plant’s stems and leaves so they can draw out fluids from the plant. This causes wilting plants. If their presence is ignored, they can completely kill plants. Warning signs are stunted plant growth and distorted fruit and vegetables.

Thrips - Common Pests in the GardenThrips are very tiny, speedy insects with slender, fringed wings. They are so fast that most people have never noticed them but that doesn’t mean they’re not there. They feed on the sap of plant tissue causing slowed plant growth and eventually death. Thrips are known for transporting viruses from plant to plant.

Cutworms - Common Pests in the GardenCutworms are well-known for attacking young tomato plants and slicing them off at ground level. They are a pest that feeds at night. They resemble a medium-sized, dull-colored moth. You can find them curled in balls, resting in the soil, during the day. They dig deep into the soil in late summer and early fall.

Snails - Common Pests in the GardenSnails and slugs are one of the most damaging pests and also feed at night or on cool and overcast days. They hide under plant debris during a warm, sunny days. Snails and slugs are easily noticed by the trails and holes they leave in plant material.

Cucumber Beetle - Common Pests in the GardenCucumber Beetles are either spotted or striped. They usually feed on plant roots but adult cucumber beetles will attack the foliage and stems of plants as well. Easier to spot, these bright green pests can be found on both vegetables and flowers. Adult cucumber beetles can transfer viral and bacterial plant diseases.

Grasshoppers - Common Pests in the GardenGrasshoppers have a voracious appetite and interestingly enough, arrive in late summer when produce is most abundant. It is most common in warm-weather, hot-summer climates. This pest is most destructive to young and tender field crops and grasslands.

If you have garden pests that are getting out of hand, give Seaside Mulch a call and let us tell you how our products can help alleviate your garden problems. We can be reached at 910-791-2100.

Benefits of Purchasing Bagged Mulch vs. Bulk Mulch

Friday, February 28th, 2014

As a homeowner when it comes to buying mulch it’s up to you to decide what is more important to you — price or convenience. At Seaside Mulch we like to give you lots of choices, not just in the types of mulch we carry but additionally in the size and quantities available to purchase. You will save money by purchasing your mulch in bulk but many homeowners find the convenience of bags well worth the nominal additional cost. There are advantages and disadvantages to purchasing bulk and bagged mulch in South Carolina.

bagged mulch in South Carolina If you’re ordering just enough bulk mulch for your property and you have the time and initiative to get it spread in a timely manner then this is the way to go if you want to save money. It’s not easy work by any means but anyone in relatively good shape that owns a shovel and a wheelbarrow or tarp should be able to handle the project. Try to have your mulch delivered when rain isn’t forecasted or you’ll be shoveling much heavier mulch than you need to. While it’s beneficial to have your gardens well-watered (or rained on) prior to applying mulch, you don’t want to have to shovel wet mulch if you can avoid it. Once delivered, if you’re unable to get it all spread in the same day, secure a tarp over the top to prevent rain or dew to accumulate in or on the pile.

Where to purchase bulk and bagged mulch in South CarolinaWhen you purchase bagged mulch you pay a little more but you have the convenience of dealing with one bag at a time. If you don’t have many gardens or those you have are small and require little mulch, this is definitely the way to go. If you like the idea of always having bagged mulch on hand then purchase extra if you have a place to store it like a garage or garden shed. Then you can use it on a bag-by-bag basis. You’re still able to load wheelbarrows with it and wheel those to your gardens. It’s just overall a neater, cleaner way to store compost, one that many prefer. Bagged mulch is ideal for those that live in apartment buildings or condos, people who are strictly into container gardens and window boxes, and those with limited abilities to move larger quantities of mulch.

So the choice is yours whether you purchase your mulch in large or small quantities of bagged mulch or choose to buy mulch in bulk quantities. In either case, we’re happy to deliver it right to your home. Give us a call at 910-791-2100 and we’ll schedule your delivery.


Purchasing Mulch Wholesale Offers Savings and Convenience

Friday, February 21st, 2014

When you have a large number of gardens to care for, whether residential or commercial, and you’re looking to save money while not scrimping on quality, you should be purchasing your compost and mulch in bulk at wholesale prices. We sell wholesale mulch in North Carolina that is reasonably priced and ships fast. Whether you’re ordering two cubic foot bags that are available in box and pallet quantities or bulk mulch by the tractor trailer load, you’re going to appreciate the convenience that ordering from us can bring.

wholesale mulch in North CarolinaAt Seaside Mulch our manufacturing facility is located right in Wilmington North Carolina, but we ship our products anywhere in the country as well as the world. We’re able to deliver any quantity of mulch that you require directly to your residence, business, or jobsite.

The quality of the mulch we manufacture cannot be out-matched by others. We guarantee the quality and service as being outstanding. If you’ve never purchased from us, this is a great season to do so. When you purchase bulk quantities of wholesale mulch you’ll save a bundle over buying individual bags at retail prices no matter where you get them. In addition to various types of mulch we also sell wholesale compost, stone, topsoil and more.

All of our mulch, both bagged or bulk wholesale mulch, is available in Forest Brown, Forest Black, Red Cypress, Cypress, Hardwood Bark, Pine Bark Nuggets, Pine Bark Mini Nuggets, and Pine Bark Fines. We also have Color Lock brands that use premium colorants to ensure the mulch holds its color longer.

Where to purchase wholesale mulch in North CarolinaBased on what we’ve experience ourselves and the testimony of our many satisfied customers, you can expect excellent results from our mulch the very first season you use it. We put it on all of our gardens and find that the plants within perform phenomenally better than before we started using it.

If you’d like to place an order to purchase wholesale and have mulch delivered to you in North Carolina give us a call at 910-791-2100 and we’ll be happy to take your information.

Ways Your Mulch Supplier May be Missing the Mark

Friday, February 14th, 2014

It’s likely that the first mulch ever made on this planet was created by Mother Nature herself. Trees have always dropped leaves and needles that mat together to form a protective covering below. Under that covering can be found rich, dense soil with nary a weed in sight. While Mother Nature likely designed this as a means for trees to sustain themselves, today’s gardeners have far more issues to contend with and mulch has become an effective modern day solution.

Leader among mulch suppliers in South CarolinaThe use of mulch in our landscaping provides more than aesthetic value, though that in and of its self is priceless. Mulch also holds moisture into the soil and slows evaporation by forming a protective barrier. When applied in an appropriate thickness it also suppresses weeds since they cannot reach the light. Mulch will further protect your plant’s roots from extremes in temperatures – both heat and cold.

But all mulch is not created equal and all mulch suppliers in South Carolina are not delivering consistently high quality product as we are at Seaside Mulch. The mulch that we make supplies organic matter to the soil and is free of noxious weeds, insects and disease. You won’t find foreign matter in our high quality mulch – something not all suppliers of mulch can say.

mulch suppliers in South CarolinaWe sell a large variety of the finest mulches that you can get in this area and we’ll deliver it right to your door or jobsite. You can count on the mulch that you buy from us to be backed up by our own Quality Assurance Program. That’s something you won’t get from other suppliers.

Our sizes and quantities of mulch are available from 8 quart bags to 2 cubic foot bags by the box or pallet and bulk deliveries from 1 cubic yard to 100 cubic yards delivered by our full service fleet of walking-floor trailers. We offer fast and professional delivery through not just North and South Carolina but also Georgia, Virginia, Florida, Pennsylvania and Ohio. 

If your gardens aren’t all you think they could be and you suspect you’ve been receiving inferior product from your current mulch supplier, we encourage you to give us a call at Seaside Mulch at 910-791-2100. We’d be happy to show you how a good, high quality mulch can impact all of your gardens!

Yard Waste Recycling

Friday, December 6th, 2013

Many of us spend hours each weekend during the Fall and Winter months raking leaves and trimming trees. The big question once you’re done is what do you do with all that yard waste. The answer is to take it to Seaside Mulch.

Seaside Mulch accepts and recycles leaves, grass clippings, tree limbs, and many other forms of yard waste. Seaside Mulch is also the perfect destination for your old Christmas trees once the holidays are over. Seaside Mulch, however, cannot accept any treated lumber, dirt, or plants with the root balls still attached.

Call Seaside Mulch today for more information regarding our yard waste recycling program.


Remember to prep your soil this Fall!!

Monday, November 18th, 2013

It is important to prepare your soil in the fall while the ground is still warm and workable. This preparation will greatly reduce the amount of effort you will have to put forth this spring. Whether you’re preparing a field or a tiny garden in your backyard, here are a few simple steps to follow:

  • Dig out the roots of problem weeds.
  • Spread our NuLeaf® Organic Compost evenly over the area.
  • Incorporate the NuLeaf® into the existing soil to help relieve compaction, increase oxygen and improve drainage.

Come spring, you’ll be surprised at how much easier it will be to plant your vegetables and flowers with properly prepared soil. This means more free time to enjoy the beautiful spring weather.

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Increase Your Organics With Compost.

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

Seaside Mulch’s compost products increase organic matter and create a healthier growing medium for you plants. Utilizing compost can help reduce water consumption up to 50%; thus reducing your irrigation costs and conserving water. Compost provides a slow release nutrient source for you plants and helps stabilize soil pH. Compost will encourage strong root growth, which leads to healthier plants.


Call Seaside Mulch today and ask about our NuLeaf® Organic Compost and our Turkey Compost.

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Fall Container Gardening

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

Colder weather doesn’t have to mean the end of the container gardening season. Utilizing pansies, ornamental grasses, ivy, and garden mums to dress containers can provide enjoyable gardening throughout the cooler months ahead. Due to the cooler weather, the containers will not have to be watered as much as your summer plants, which means more time to enjoy the scenery. Many plants can still be enjoyed well into the winter months.To get your containers ready stop by Seaside Mulch and try our Parker Organics Potting Mix™.

Suggested Use:

Make sure your container has good drainage. Fill the container about 1/3 full with Parker Organics Potting Mix™.

Loosen the root ball of the plant and place in the container. Continue filling with Parker Organics. Water the planting and allow it to drain.

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Pine Bark

Friday, June 28th, 2013

At Seaside Mulch we produce our pine bark products from 100% Southern Yellow Pine Bark. Our pine bark is the perfect mulch for avid gardners and professional growers. Pine bark’s unique composition adds porosity and loam to your soil, and helps retain essential nutrients and water. Pine Bark has an ideal pH for roses, azaleas, and camellias. Pine bark is also a good mulch to use around annuals, perennials, and vegetables. Pine bark is easy to spread around these plants’ delicate stems. At the end of the season the pine bark can be incorporated into soil for added nutrients for the next growing season.

Come by Seaside Mulch today and check out our Pine Bark Fines, Pine Bark Mini-Nuggets, & Pine Bark Nuggets. All Pine Bark products are available in bulk and 2 cubic foot bags.
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