Bark Mulch or Compost Mulch Vancouver WA

Mulching beds in residential landscapes and commercial landscapes is a critical component of the plants health and vigor. By incorporating organic mulch, also know as compost, into the soil you are creating microbial activity in the soil. This provides nutrients to the plants. This will help the plants be more tolerant in periods of hot weather and insect pressure.
Having available moisture for your trees and shrubs can help them ward off insect pressure from Bronze Birch Borers, Spider Mites, Aphids, Lace Bug and many other insects.
Mulch has the ability to retain moisture and feed the plant with it’s high nitrogen content. Having a 2″-3″ layer of mulch over the tree roots can help the tree to have available moisture throughout the day. To take mulching a step further, we recommend applying Bark Dust over the compost-mulched roots to create additional moisture retention, which moderates soil-temperature fluctuations.
Mulching your landscape beds is one of the quickest, and easiest ways to beautify a landscape. In addition to making the landscape look beautiful, it also helps control weed germination in the landscape.
In cold temperatures, mulch protects plants roots from the cold waether and helps prevent frost damage.
Using compost adds nutrients to the soil as microbial activity breaks down the compost.
There are many varieties of Bark Mulch and Compost available. Some of the Bark products are Dark Hemlock, Fresh Ground Medium Fir (a very fragrant fir smell), Dark Fine Bark Mulch (resembles compost, but doesn’t encourage weed germination).


  1. As you can see in the first image there are many variations of Bark Mulch with variations in the size
  2. In the 2nd image we are showing other options besides Bark such as Red Lava Rock, Pebble Rock and Crushed Gravel.
  3. In the 3rd image we are showing how temperatures need to be monitored during the processing of the compost. If the compost overheats, it can kill some of the beneficial microbes.
  4. Here we have a photo of a perennial garden that is mulched with compost. As you can see the plants are very lush green and thriving.

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