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In the spring of 1983 Terry Flatt, founder and president of Southern Nurseries, started in the "Green Industry" with a lawn service company known as Southern Lawn. Over the next 12 years, as the business flourished, Southern Lawn evolved into Southern Lawn & Landscape with a garden center at 3738 Dickerson Pike in Nashville. From that location Terry and company were able to continue their landscape and maintenance as well as develop a budding landscape supply business.

The landscape supply side of the business quickly became more prominent with the development of engineered soil mixes and a bulk materials operation. It soon became evident to all involved that this should be the companies primary focus.

Therefore, in 1995 the company became Southern Nurseries Inc., discontinuing the installation and maintenance business in order to devote their full attention to providing homeowners and contractors with quality landscape materials.

Over the following years the company continued to grow and build strong relationships with a loyal customer base. Then, in 2009, "The Bulkyard" was opened at 136 Centerpoint Rd. South in Hendersonville, just eight miles north of the Dickerson Pike location.

The Bulkyard is a convenient retail location with industrial zoning which allows the company to process and bag trademark soil mixes such as Nutrisoil, Holy Cow Garden Mix, and Survive and Thrive Planting Mix. The Bulkyard also carries an extensive selection of premium mulches, gravels, natural stone, pavers, retainer wall systems, outdoor grills, and fireplaces.

Today we are recalibrating the company to prepare for new products and services. Our primary focus will be on expanding the bulk materials operation which includes a variety of products and solutions to meet the landscaping, green building, storm water management, and erosion control needs.


About Mulch

A mulch layer around trees, shrubs and planted beds and covering bare ground provides many benefits. In areas that are difficult to mow, irrigate or otherwise maintain, use mulch to replace turf or groundcovers. Also consider placing mulch in shady areas where plants don't grow well.

  • Organic mulch materials improve soil fertility as they decompose.
  • Mulch buffers soil temperature, keeping soils warmer in winter and cooler in summer.
  • Mulch helps maintain soil moisture by reducing evaporation. A layer of mulch also minimizes water needs for established plants.
  • Fresh mulch inhibits weed germination and growth.
  • Over time, many types of mulch improve soil aeration, structure and drainage.
  • A mulch layer can inhibit certain plant diseases.
  • Mulch around trees and shrubs (not against the trunk) eases maintenance and reduces the likelihood of damage from string trimmers.
  • Mulch gives planting beds a neat and uniform appearance, adding a contrast of color and texture that complements plantings.

Guidelines for Using Mulch
Follow these tips when adding mulch to your landscape: For well-drained sites, apply a 2-inch to 3-inch layer (after settling) of mulch around trees, shrubs and bedding plants. If there are drainage problems, use a thinner layer. Coarse materials, such as pine nuggets, may be applied to a depth of 4 inches, but don't allow mulch to accumulate to a greater depth. If mulch is already present, check the depth. Do not add mulch if there is a sufficient layer in place (2 inches to 3 inches).

"Volcano mulching," or mulch applied too deeply, hinders oxygen exchange to roots, which stresses the plant and causes root rot. Do not place mulch on top of a tree's root ball or against the trunk. More than about 1 inch of mulch on the root ball of newly planted trees and shrubs can stress plants because mulch can intercept water meant for the roots.

How Much Mulch?
Bulk quantities of mulch are sold in cubic yards. To calculate the amount of mulch you need, first measure the area to be mulched, in square feet. Next convert the desired depth to a fraction of a foot. For example, 3 inches divided by 12 inches equals ¼ foot or 0.25 foot. Multiply this fraction by the square-foot measurement of the area to be covered (.25 foot x 100 square feet = 25 cubic feet). Convert cubic feet to cubic yards by dividing cubic feet by 27 (25/27 = .926). To cover a 100-square-foot area to a depth of 3 inches, you will need .926 cubic yards.

  • If mulch is piled against a tree trunk, pull it back several inches to uncover the base of the trunk and the root flare. Mulch piled against tree trunks holds moisture against the trunk and stems, and trunks that remain constantly wet are prone to root rot. Mulch piled high against the trunks of young trees may also create habitats for rodents that chew the bark and can girdle the trees.
  • Mulch out to a tree's drip line or beyond -- at least an 8-foot diameter around the tree. Remember that in a forest environment, a tree's entire root system (which usually extends well beyond the drip line) would be mulched.
  • Thick blankets of fine mulch can become matted and may prevent water and air from seeping through or become like potting soil and support weed growth. Rake old mulch to break up any matted layers and to refresh the appearance.
  • Organic mulches may require weeding and replenishment once or twice a year to maintain a total depth of 2 inches to 3 inches.
  • Do not use cypress mulch because harvesting from the wild depletes wetlands.
  • Shell, crushed stone or pebbles can be used as mulch, but they won't contribute to the soil's nutrient and organic content or water-holding capacity. Limestone and shell both raise soil pH. They also reflect heat, increasing the water needs of plants.

Do I need to weed before I mulch?
It really is best to clean the area of all weeds before mulching. If necessary, use an herbicide to help with the job. Roundup or Finale will kill weeds from their root system and only take a few days to work, but be careful not to get it on anything you don't want to kill.

How deeply should I apply mulch?
Again, this varies according to what type of mulch you are using and why you are mulching. Most organic mulches are applied 2-4 inches thick. Rock mulches average 2-3 inches deep. Mulches applied for winterization are usually 4-6 inches deep.

Are weed barriers a good idea?
Whenever possible, fabric weed barriers are an excellent idea. They aren't foolproof, but they greatly reduce weeds coming from below the barrier. Plastic is a less expensive alternative, but it greatly inhibits air and water flow. A weed barriers will not keep seeds from germinating on top of it.


About Delivery

Mulch Smart delivers all size deliveries for the individual home owner to large commercial deliveries we cover it all. Take advantage of our service for all of Middle Tennessee.
• Nashville • Brentwood • Hendersonville • Gallatin • Franklin • Green Hills • Goodlettsville • Mt Juliet • Murfreesboro • Lebanon • White House • Smyrna • LaVergne • Portland and every where in between...

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