Mulch Installation

Are weeds a problem for your garden? How about bugs? With our mulch installation services, we properly install your mulch so your landscape can reap the benefits.

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Mulch Installation Services

In your landscaping needs, two primary areas need mulch: your trees and your garden. With our mulch installation services, we cover both.

Why Your Landscaping Needs Mulch

If you’re going to the trouble to landscape your property, why stop when you are so close to the finish line? Mulching your landscape is the final addition to protect your plants and nurture their growth. Here are some of the best reasons why you should add mulch to your landscape:

Reduces Weeds

Nothing restricts plant growth like weeds stealing their nutrients. Apply mulch evenly to restrict the amount of sunlight that can reach the weeds and reduce their growth.

Prevents Soil Erosion

While some mulches are more effective than others, some mulch is better than no mulch when it comes to soil erosion. A layer of mulch will protect your soil from the wind and rain.

Protects Plants

Mulch acts as a barrier between your plants and other elements. This can protect plants from mowing and other mechanical injuries.

Save Water

Mulch blocks your soil from the sun. By limiting your soil’s exposure, mulch keeps your soil cooler which decreases the amount of water evaporation. Instead, the water stays trapped inside the soil for longer. That way your plants stay hydrated, even in drier conditions and you can water them less.

Create a Finished Look

Your garden beds look like they’re missing something: mulch! Finish off your garden beds and trees with mulch for a cohesive, clean, and finished appearance.
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  1. After your tree is planted and backfilled, we remove any grass in a three feet radius. If the tree is larger then we expand the radius to ten feet.
  2. Then we pour and spread mulch at least two to four inches deep around the circle we’ve created for your tree.
  3. For the last step, we give the trunk of your tree two to three inches of space from the mulch. We make sure no mulch touches the trunk.

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  1. This step is optional, but if you want a clean look, we edge your garden bed first.
  2. If not done already, we weed the garden to make it harder for weeds to return after the mulch is applied.
  3. After the garden is weeded, we dump and spread mulch in a two to three-inch deep layer around the garden area. We also leave enough room around stems for plants to breathe.
  4. Finally, after the mulch installation is complete, we clean any mulch debris in the area.

What Happens if You Over-Mulch

As with everything in nature, your mulch installation requires balance. You don’t want too much, nor do you want too little. If you under mulch, your plants won’t reap the benefits of the mulch, but there’s an easy solution: add more mulch. However, if you add too much mulch and you don’t fix it in time, it can be fatal to plants and trees. If you apply an excess of mulch around plants, it will damage the stems of the plants and stunt growth. A lot of mulch can harbor fungi and disease and infect the plant.

If you apply too much mulch around trees, you can create a “mulch volcano.” This happens because the mulch cannot decompose at the rate that mulch is being applied. As the mulch piles up around the trunk of your tree it can cause root rot from an overgrowth of fungi. It can also suffocate your roots, or worse, the roots can suffocate your tree through girdling. Girdling happens when the roots grow through the mulch and encircle the tree. For more information on tree care, check out our tree services page.

To avoid over-mulching, you should only reapply mulch in the fall or spring if it’s needed. As the mulch decomposes, plow it into the soil to gain benefits from its decomposition. When reapplying new mulch, leave room for tree trunks and plant stems, and don’t apply more than two to three inches deep. If you’re worried about over-mulching, our mulch installation services are guaranteed to get it right every time.

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Organic Mulch

One of the most common types of mulch used in landscaping is organic mulch for a variety of reasons. For one, organic mulch adds nutrients back into the soil. Florida soil is naturally sandy and lacks organic matter. By using organic mulch like wood and shells, you can increase your plant and soil health. Organic mulch also contains no harsh chemicals that harm wildlife or contaminate water. Finally, organic mulch is also sustainable and often much cheaper than inorganic mulch. Below are some of the most common organic mulches you can use in your mulch installation.



If you’re looking for a beachy aesthetic for your landscape, or your soil needs extra nutrients, try using shells for your mulch installation. As shells decompose, they add nitrogen and calcium to your soil, which supports plant health. In addition to nutrient benefits, the sharp edges of the shells also deter bugs from using your garden as an all-you-can-eat buffet. The shells also add a unique and tropical flair to your landscaping design. If you want to learn more about shells as mulch, check out our shell installation page.

Wood and Bark pieces

If you’re looking for abundant natural mulch, wood and bark mulch might be the best choice for your mulch installation. This mulch is the byproduct of the lumber and paper industries. It comes in a hardwood and softwood variety with a variety of sizes and dyed colors. The most commonly used wood mulch is pine bark for its acidic properties.

Municipal Tree Waste

For a different wood mulch, try using municipal tree waste in your mulch installation. This mulch, composed of chunks of wood, is often given away for free. As it decomposes, the waste creates nitrogen in the soil. This mulch is also good for creating pathways.

Cocoa Bean Mulch

If you want a sweet-smelling lawn, try using cocoa bean mulch. Cocoa bean shells are a byproduct of the chocolate industry. This reduce-reuse-and-recycle mulch alternative decomposes quickly and is a good source of nutrients for the soil. However, this mulch should only be spread one inch deep and lightly watered, or else it will move. The mulch should also be reapplied once a year. Do not use it if you have pets.

Leaf Mulch and Grass Clippings

If you have lots of yard waste, repurpose it by adding it to your garden beds. When using it for mulch installation, allow each layer to dry before adding other layers. Be sure to avoid adding clippings that contain pesticides or have turned to seed.
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Inorganic Mulch

While organic mulch is more common, inorganic mulch is often used with it. While it is not as friendly to the environment as organic mulch, inorganic mulch can still have some benefits. You can use an inorganic mulch to guard your garden against weeds. The inorganic materials also do not decompose as quickly as organic mulch, but inorganic mulch does not increase the quality of the soil. If you’re thinking of using inorganic mulch in your mulch installation, here are some materials you can use.



Plastic film

This material acts less like mulch and more as a blanket for plants. The plastic film is impermeable, which means it doesn’t allow water or nutrients to penetrate. Plastic film is best used to keep the soil warm for gardens in colder climates. However, these tarps are only good for one season as the sun will deteriorate the material.

Landscape Fabric

This material is best used in tandem with your organic mulch installation. Unlike the plastic film, the fabric does allow water and nutrients to flow through, but it still blocks weeds from growing. These are better for long-term solutions.


Rubber mulch is made from recycled tires. While it seems like a sustainable solution, this material can be toxic and flammable and it remains in the soil for a long time. We do not recommend rubber mulch for home landscapes.


If you want a clean and modern look for your landscape, consider using rocks as mulch. Rocks come in a variety of sizes, shapes, and colors. They benefit your garden by keeping your soil and roots cool. Also, depending on the type of rock you choose, it can add nutrients like calcium and basalt to strengthen your plants. For more information on using rocks in your mulch installation, check out our rock installation page.

Progressive Promises Proper Installation

Whether you need mulch installed for the first time or you need it reapplied, we got you covered. Our experts have experience with a variety of materials and a variety of landscapes over many years. Our mulch installation services promise proper installation and customer satisfaction so your lawn will always look its best.

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If you want your landscaping to be the best it can be, call us to schedule our mulch installation services today.

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