Organic vs. Inorganic Mulch: What’s the Difference?

Although you still may have some snow on the ground, it’s not too early to think about getting your landscape ready for spring. The team at Miller Lawn Maintenance is standing by to get your Nora home and property ready as soon as the warm spring weather arrives. We provide many landscaping services, including weeding, aeration, and mulching. There are several types of mulch you can choose from to decorate and protect your landscape. The two main choices include organic mulch and inorganic mulch. If you’re not sure which one to choose, keep reading to learn the differences and how they can both improve and enhance your beautiful home and yard.

Organic vs. Inorganic Mulch: What's the Difference?

Organic Mulch

Organic mulch is made up of materials that decompose over time. It’s available in many different forms, and includes decorative mulch such as hardwood chips, softwood chips, and bark, as well as natural materials like evergreen needles, leaves, compost mixes, and newspaper. Organic mulch is very good for the health of the soil, as it helps with aeration and improves drainage. Because it decomposes over time, it does need to be replaced on a regular basis.

Inorganic Mulch

Inorganic mulch is made of materials that do not break down over time. This makes it nice for the home or business owner, as this type of mulch rarely needs to be restocked. Inorganic mulch comes in a wide range of options including rock, stone, pulverized rubber, and landscape fabrics. Both organic and inorganic mulch provide many health benefits for the soil and surrounding plants. Inorganic mulch, like stones and rocks, absorbs and reflects heat which helps warm up the soil during early spring. However, it can overheat plants during the hot summer temperatures.

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Let the experts at Miller Lawn Maintenance take care of your valuable Nora property this spring. Request a free quote for any of our lawn care or landscaping services, including mulching, weeding, leaf removal, or aeration, by calling (317) 416-2104 today.

Source: Boyle Schwartz, Donna & Vila, Bob. “9 Types of Mulch to Keep Your Landscape Lush.” Web article. Bob Vila. Action Media Inc. Web. 26 Jan. 2021.