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FAQ- Frequently Asked Questions

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Ray Bradley aka Raymow has been in the landscaping industry since 1980 and is a well-respected expert in the business.  He has seen and done it all.  If you have any questions about which materials will work best for your project just send Raymow your questions by CLICKING HERE

Below you will find some of the more frequently asked questions about landscaping materials.

  • Question: What does SLM mean when they say their mulch is “fresh?”
    • Answer: Mulch is essentially ground up parts of live trees. The closer the mulch is to the time it was ground up, the fresher it is. Because SLM sells thousands of cubic yards of mulch every week, we are constantly replenishing our stock with mulch straight from the grinders at the mill.
  • Question: Is a metric  ton the same quantity of material as a  cubic yard?
    • Answer: No, a cubic yard of material is more therefore, it will cover more square footage (area) than a metric ton of material.
  • Question: Is buying mulch from SLM in bulk cheaper than buying it by the bag?
    • Answer: It varies from product to product but in all cases the difference in cost is pennies.
  • Question: How best to figure quantity?
    • Answer: You need to figure out the square footage. This is done by multiplying length and with of each individual area to be covered with new material and adding those sums up to get a total square footage of all areas.  Once you have that, go to our product calculator HERE and input your information as required to find out what your required material quantity would be.  Feel free to call us at 727-942-1919 or 813-920-7169 if you need additional guidance.  
  • Question: Should I use a weed mat under my new material?
    • Answer: Weed mat is not a necessity, although it can make your material last longer by creating a barrier between the terrain and your new material.
  • Question: How long will mulch last?
    • Answer: Mulch usually lasts one year, some people choose to replenish more often, others less. It mostly is determined by sun, shade, erosion, breakdown, thickness. 
  • Question: Will my rock get moldy or turn colors?
    • Answer: Mold and algae will grow anywhere it is consistently wet and dark. Porous rocks (like lava rock) are more likely to retain moisture.
  • Question: I live on a small lot and therefore only need a small amount of material, will your delivery truck be able to accommodate?
    • Answer: SLM has various sized delivery trucks, from small to large, to everything in between enabling us to assign the right truck to the job.