Frequently Asked Questions


What is mulch?

Mulch is made from wood that has been shredded into small pieces. But, not all mulch is equal. At Volunteer Mulch, we repurpose local hardwoods from our sister company Lancaster Tree Service. Our mulch is made from 99% local hardwood trees that have been recycled, shredded, and aged. Our colored mulch is safe for your family, pets, and the environment because we use only water-based biodegradable colorants. Plus, since our supply is all natural local hardwood, you can be confident in knowing you aren’t introducing any invasive plants or insects into our beautiful East Tennessee.


What is good mulch?

All natural, locally sourced, repurposed hardwood mulch made with water-based biodegradable dyes at a reasonable price makes the best mulch. At Volunteer Mulch we know where each piece of our wood comes from. We use 100% recycled natural forest product with no wood waste fillers like telephone poles, pressure treated, or pre-processed wood.


Why should I use mulch?

Mulch is used not only as a decorative accent to your property, but also to help retain moisture in the soil while suppressing weeds, saving you time and money on your yard maintenance. Plus, for an added benefit, as it decomposes, our all natural mulch replenishes the soil with nutrients needed to help your plants look their best, and it is also safe to use for your garden. Here are some more reasons to use mulch


1. Soil enrichment Since mulch is made from organic matter as it decomposes the soil is enriched with humus, which is the most nutrient rich, best soil you can have. Some of the benefits of humus soil are,

  • Disease suppression
  • Increased plant yield
  • Porosity of soil is increased making it spongy and healthy
  • Holds nutrients longer
  • Promotes healthier plants with out the need of chemicals
  • Erosion reduced
  • Water retention is increased


2. Weed control - Mulching helps control weeds without the use of harmful chemicals by blocking the sun and providing a barrier from seeds reaching the soil and germinating.


3. Moisture control mulching helps the soil retain moisture giving your plants more time to soak it into their roots and saving you money on water bills.


4. Insulation Mulching helps protect plants by acting as a protective blanket keeping the cold out and the heat in, especially during rapid changes in temperature, which can damage plants root systems.


You know that you are making the best choice not only for you and your budget but also for the environment when you use repurposed all natural local hardwood mulch from Volunteer Mulch.


How do I use mulch?

Properly installed mulch is not only beautiful but provides many benefits as well. To install it properly all you need to do is,


1. Prepare the area - Remove all weeds and grass, pull them with their roots. Be sure to follow directions if you choose to use any chemicals to kill weeds first, and remember not to use any chemicals near anything you will be eating. Better yet use some landscape fabric, or for a more biodegradable option, several layers of newspaper or cardboard (remove any labels first) to help further block weeds from returning. Also if you are going to install a rock border or edges, this is the time to do it so you can shape the bed, contain the mulch, and get a professional look for your property.


2. Figure how much mulch you need - We sell mulch by the cubic yard, but don’t let that intimidate you, it is easy to determine how much you will need. Simply measure the square footage of the space/s you plan to cover with mulch (multiply the length times the width). Then divide that number by 80. You can also use our Mulch Calculator to do the math for you!


3. To spread the mulch A pitchfork works best to spread the mulch evenly around your plants. The goal is to have an even consistent coverage that is 2 – 4 inches thick. Make sure to lift plant leaves that fall close to the ground so the mulch can be tucked under them and around the root stem, careful not to go as deep and bury the root though. When mulching around trees make a ring around them, keeping the mulch about 4 inches from the very edge of the trunk. Piling mulch against the bark of a tree or a plant prevents moisture from flowing and causes rotting, leaving your plants/ trees vulnerable to insects and disease. For a professional look make sure to mold the edges for a raised bed effect and smooth it by hand or contact one of our recommended landscapers.


4. To maintain the mulch With time, the top layer of mulch will fade some from exposure to rain and sun. Rake the top layer off to reveal the original color.


How do I get mulch?

Volunteer Mulch offers three ways to get mulch

Click here to see the varieties we offer.


1. Order by telephone for pick-up or delivery:

Call us at (865) 320-4002 weekdays between 8AM – 5PM and

Saturdays 8AM – 2PM

The minimum delivery amount is one yard and we charge a delivery fee of $20.00 up to 8 yards, plus $3.50 per mile one way.


2. Pick it up yourself:

To pick up one or more yards in your truck just come by our conveniently located Everett Road location weekdays between 8AM – 5PM, Monday thru Friday and 8AM – 2PM Saturdays. You can also pre-pay so your landscaper can come pick it up as needed. And if you need help finding a reliable, professional, great priced landscaper click here to see some that we recommend.




Yes we deliver!


Call us at  (865) 320-4002

Or use our contact form.


8 am - 5 pm Weekdays

8 am - 2 pm Saturdays

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