backyard stone walkway

Why do I need bark dust?

Bark dust is a great way to make your landscape more aesthetically appealing, and not only that, it acts as a great natural weed barrier. In addition, it will act as insulation that will retain moisture in your plants’ roots in the summer and protect roots from freezing in the winter. In areas of heavy rain, it will prevent mud from forming, increasing the utility and beauty of your landscape. We generally will install 2-3 inches of bark dust that will last you 2-3 years (this will depend on how much traffic the area sees).


What kind of bark dust should I get installed?


Depending on your preferences and needs, there are many different types of bark, bark dust and mulch that you can choose from.


If you are looking for something bright that will work in a walkway, pathway, or play structure, you might be looking to get the cedar wood chips.


If you are looking for something that will keep you from getting slivers and is pet, child, and gardening friendly, you might be looking to get hemlock, which comes in a few colors (red or brown).


If you are looking for something that still looks nice, is a little cheaper, but do not care about splinters, you might be looking to get fir, which also ranges in color from red to brown.


If you are something for an organic compost to add nutrients to the soil and aid with your gardening needs, garden mulch is the way to go.



Finally, bark nuggets can add a natural look while increasing water penetration into the roots.



Natural Landscape and Irrigation is located in Lake Oswego, Oregon and specializes in bark dust installation in the Greater Portland Metropolitan Area including Beaverton, Tigard, Tualatin, West Linn and surrounding areas. Please feel free to contact us for more details.




frontyard with barkdust


cedar wood chips, bark dust

red hemlock, bark dust brown hemlock, barkdust

red fir, bark dust brown fir, bark dust

garden mulch, bark dust

bark nuggets, bark dust


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