DIY & Mulch Delivery vs. Professional Mulch Installation in Central FL

Posted by Joe Mouad on Oct 31, 2023 9:58:00 AM

Wheelbarrow? Check.

Shovel? Check.

Bottle of favorite painkillers? Check.

Excitement about moving a mountain of mulch from your driveway to the beds all over your yard? Hmmmmm…We can all agree that mulch is amazing. But how to get that rich brown amazingness distributed all over your property?

Should you do DIY mulch installation or professional mulch installation?

Let’s take a look.

First, What’s So Great About Mulch?

So many things

  • Mulch helps your soil retain moisture, so you won't have to water as much. Here in hot, sunny, Central Florida, that’s a real bonus.
  • Mulch keeps pesky weeds at bay by blocking the Florida sunlight they need to sprout.
  • Mulch prevents rain from washing away your landscape soil.
  • Mulch breaks down over time, adding nutrients to the soil.

But mulch fades in the strong Central Florida sun and starts to disintegrate over time, so you’ll need to replace it once or twice a year.


Which brings us to: how to get that wonderful mulch to your yard?

Do You Really Have Time for DIY Mulch Installation?

Phew, it’s been a long week, right? How are you going to relax and unwind this weekend?

How about tackling a mountain of messy mulch in your driveway, shoveling it into your wheelbarrow for hours and walking back and forth a hundred times with that wheelbarrow to your landscape beds? Fun, right?

landscape installation technician spreading mulch in a foundation bed with plants and sidewalk

What do you mean you don’t own a wheelbarrow? Hmmm, this will be trickier than you thought.

Professional mulch installation suddenly sounds real good.

Whether you have a mountain of mulch dumped on your driveway or you try to lug home 50 bags of it from the home improvement store, getting the mulch to your house is just the first big hassle.

You Want High-Quality Mulch

Shredded bark is shredded bark, right?

Nope.

The best mulch for Florida includes pine bark or shredded hardwood bark. Popular hues include black, red and chocolate brown.

Tempted to fill up your pickup bed from that huge pile labeled “free mulch?”

Use This Guide To Create The Landscape of Your Dreams

Bad idea. That stuff is free for a reason. It could be full of weed seeds, or even construction debris like old nails.

You don’t want mulch made from shredded old boards or pallets. You want mulch from high-quality hardwood, which is what you get with professional mulch installation.

Save Your Back. And Shoulders. And Neck...

You get the idea.

DIY mulch installation is hard work. It involves lifting, bending, shoveling and lugging heavy loads of mulch, using muscles you likely don’t use every day.

planting bed with mulch, groundcover and border shrubs along lawn

If you throw out your back or strain muscles, what will that mean? Missed work? A doctor visit? A depressing conversation with yourself about how you’re not getting any younger?

Is it really worth it? Just hire professional mulch installation and give your body and self-esteem a break.

Pros Are Really Good at This

When you hire professional mulch installation, you get crews who do this mulch stuff every day.

They’ll weed and prepare your beds, removing faded old mulch and all the messy debris. They’ll create clean, crisp edges that look great. They won’t damage surrounding plants or nearby structures. They won’t add too much mulch — which is a really common homeowner mistake.

landscape installation technician applying mulch to a border planting bed

Sure, the cost for professional mulch installation is higher than if you tackle this chore yourself.

But how much is your time worth? Do you actually even have free time?

Think about how quickly and professionally the job will be done if you hire pros who do this every day.

Ready for Mulch Delivery in Orlando? Trust Ground Source

That little voice in your head might actually be your back talking. It’s telling you it’s really a small price to pay to have your mulching done by professionals.

Need other landscaping services? Professional mulch installation pairs perfectly with other essential Central Florida landscape maintenance, like yard cleanup. Give us a call.

We’re mulch experts, but our skills don’t stop there. We’re with you every step of the way as you plan your perfect outdoor space.

Sod, irrigation, landscape design: Let us transform your landscape from an embarrassing eyesore to a place you spend every spare minute.

Are you ready to enjoy the vibrant, impressive landscape you've always wanted? Request a quote today! We’ll help you review your options and then transform your property.

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