Bark dust is a popular landscaping material used in residential and commercial settings. It is a mulch made from trees’ outer bark that has been ground into small, uniform pieces. Bark dust comes in various colors and textures, making it a versatile choice for landscaping applications.
Benefits of Using Bark Dust
- Bark dust can improve soil health. As the bark decomposes, it releases nutrients into the soil, which can help plants grow stronger and healthier.
- It can help retain moisture in the soil, reducing the need for frequent watering. This is especially beneficial in dry climates where water conservation is a concern.
- Controlling weeds is a primary benefit of bark dust. Placing a bark dust layer over the soil makes weed seeds less likely to germinate and grow. You can save time and effort in terms of weed control, as well as reduce the need for chemical herbicides.
- Of course, bark dust is aesthetically pleasing and can enhance the overall appearance of a landscape. It provides a clean appearance, and the various colors and textures available can complement the existing landscape features or create contrast for visual interest.
- Bark dust can create defined borders around planting beds or other landscaping features.
Other Bark Dust Uses
- Affects soil pH -We offer hemlock for general use and fir for plants that need more acidic soil.
- Regulates the temperature of the underlying soil
- Barkdust can help prevent water loss and erosion
When using bark dust for landscaping, selecting the appropriate type and quality for the specific application is key. Some types of bark dust may be more suitable for certain plants or soil types, and lower-quality bark dust may contain unwanted materials such as rocks or debris. Applying the bark dust correctly is also essential to ensure adequate coverage and prevent issues such as soil compaction or excess moisture retention.
Portland Rock & Landscape Supply carries a Medium Bright Fir Bark dust (Light Reddish/Brown color) and a Medium Dark Hemlock (Dark Brown Color). The Medium Dark Hemlock is also known as a “sliver less” bark and tends to be finer in composition.