There is nothing that can have a greater impact to sprucing up

the appearance of a landscape than a fresh coat of barkdust!

We recommend that our customers replenish barkdust on their shrub beds every two years during the spring season. This is an important landscape enhancement that is recommended as a part of our budget proposal.

There are many benefits to maintaining a sufficient layer of mulch but the greatest is keeping your shrub beds looking fresh and clean.


In addition to making your shrub beds look better, there are many positive benefits to bark mulch:

  • Mulch reduces soil erosion especially on slopes, which is important during our rainy winters.
  • Soil moisture retention is improved with a good mulch layer, reducing irrigation needs during our dry summers.
  • Fresh barkdust is weed-free and acts as a natural weed barrier. It also improves the effectiveness of chemical pre-emergence. Weeds are hard to control on bare soil or decomposed bark.


As already stated, we recommend rebarkdusting every two years to maintain the best appearance and the positive properties of mulch. The ideal time to rebarkdust is early spring, after we finish our winter pruning and pre-emergence application.

Our preference is to use fresh ground fir mulch as it stays looking fresher for a longer period of time. Although some prefer the dark look of composted bark, we discourage it because it is more expensive and does not last as long. (The dark color is due to having partly decomposed material.) Regardless of our preference, we will do either, whichever you prefer.

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