Mulching Materials Market

Mulching Materials Market By Product Type (Organic Mulch, Inorganic mulch), By Application (Residential Applications, Gardens, Horticulture), By Sales Channel (Modern Trade, Online Stores, Other Channels) & By Region - Global Market Insights 2022-2032

Analysis of Mulching Materials market covering 30 + countries including analysis of US, Canada, UK, Germany, France, Nordics, GCC countries, Japan, Korea and many more

Mulching Materials Market (2022-2032)

The global mulching materials market is set to reach a valuation of US$ 3.4 billion in 2022 and further expand at a CAGR of 7.9% to reach US$ 7.3 billion by the end of 2032.

The global mulching material market is anticipated to grow optimistically owing to the developments undertaken by the regional governments in water, topsoil, and backyard ecosystem conservation.

Report Attributes


Mulching Materials Market Size (2021A)

US$ 3.2 Billion

Estimated Market Value (2022E)

US$ 3.4 Billion

Forecasted Market Value (2032F)

US$ 7.3 Billion

Global Market Growth Rate (2022-2032)

7.9% CAGR

South Asia & Oceania Market Share (2022)


East Asia Market Growth Rate (2022-2032)

~8.2% CAGR

United States Market Growth Rate (2022-2032)

~7.3% CAGR

Market Share of Top 3 Countries


Key Companies Profiled

  • Bailey Bark Materials, Inc.
  • Cowart Mulch Products, Inc.
  • FKuR Kunststoff GmbH
  • Jolly Gardener
  • Novamont S.p.A
  • Ohio Mulch
  • Preen
  • Renewable Fiber Inc.
  • The Scotts Company LLC
  • Woodland Mulch

Know thy Competitors

Competitive landscape highlights only certain players
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Comprehensive Sales Analysis: Historic to Futuristic

Mulch is made up of natural or inorganic material used to suppress weeds, hold dampness in the soil, forestall the ice curling in winter, keep the dirt cool, and make the garden appealing. As the organic mulch decomposes, it enhances the soil structure, nutrient-holding ability, and drainage.

Organic mulch includes bark, shredded, pine needles, shredded leaves, and straw while inorganic or synthetic mulch includes black plastic, landscape fabric, and stone/gravel. Mulches are available in various colors like brown, red, and black.

The market will establish on the back of improved gardening and lawn participation by the millennials. The sanguine market is set to witness progression in the adoption of mulches in households, public, corporate, hotel gardens, and horticulture farms.

  • Short Term (2022 Q2 to 2025): Augmenting utilization of mulching materials in the agriculture industry and increased expenditure on garden activities to positively impact market growth.
  • Medium Term (2025-2028): East Asia and South Asia & Oceania are anticipated to witness high mulching materials demand on the back of growing agricultural technology and high demand for mulching materials from commercial farms.
  • Long Term (2028-2032): Increase in the use of mulching materials, development of biodegradable mulches, and proliferation of playgrounds in combination with increased government spending on lawns and gardening will amplify the demand in the long run.

Over the 2017-2021 historical period, the global mulching materials market registered a CAGR of 3.7%, and according to the Fact.MR, a market research and competitive intelligence provider, the market is projected to exhibit growth at a 7.9% CAGR between 2022 and 2032.

Global mulching materials market size, share and growth analysis by Fact.MR

Market share analysis of mulching materials based on application and region is provided in a nutshell in the above image. Under the application segment, the horticulture sub-segment dominates with a 43.8% market share in 2022.

“Growing Gardening and Horticulture activities increases overall utilization”

Mulches have gained huge popularity in backyards because of the elegance they provide to gardens. Not only do they enhance the appearance of the lawns, but they also limit weed growth and retain moisture in the soil.

For the past 20 years, mulch materials have served the sole purpose of beautifying the gardens and making them presentable. However, their advantages such as fertility amplification and moisture and temperature retention also add to their increased consumption prospects in residential areas.

Nurseries, small farms, and forests that are specially allocated for the cultivation of exceptional species of plants require particular sprouting conditions. As such, they are highly equipped with mulching materials that help in moisture retention, weed prevention, and soil erosion.

Organic mulches on decomposition act as manure and provide fertility to the soil. Pine needles, grass clippings, wood shredding, and sawdust are common mulch materials that also encourage the growth of earthworms in the soil. Inorganic mulches are mostly preferred for large nurseries due to their longevity and low cost of procurement.

“Mulches enriched with weed preventers take the mulching material market by storm”

The weed-preventing mulch is guaranteed to block weeds for up to six months and is available in several colors. Mulch is already recognized for preventing the growth of weeds, although in certain instances, if not layered properly, it may not eradicate the weeds completely.

Weed-preventing mulches are thus increasingly being considered to be necessary to protect perennial plants. Mulches with weed preventers can be spread only 2 inches deep because of their additional weed barrier, whereas ordinary mulches are recommended to be spread 3 inches deep for the best results.

These novel mulches are set to create a new benchmark in the mulching material market.

“Colored variants pitched by producers tend to increase the reach among end-users”

Along with the various preexisting benefits of mulches like weed control, preservation of soil dampness, decrease in dirt disintegration, and so forth, manufacturers have tracked down a fascinating use of mulches.

Mulches can be colored distinctively to expand the appeal of gardens and nurseries. Mulches are available in different shadings like red mulch, earthy-colored mulch, and dark mulch.

Red-hued mulch is generally used with rock gardens, earthy-colored mulch is universally favored as it keeps both light and dull plants in the spotlight, whereas dark mulches are preferred by individuals having hazier green nurseries.

“High installation costs to inhibit expansion”

Though the procurement and processing of mulching materials require relatively low costs. However, their installation and delivery costs add to 30%-45% of the total expenses based on the mulching area.

Mulches establishment is labor intensive, likewise, with each pack, the expense is surpassing to $ 27.8. The public normal expense for mulching is $275 for 3 cubic yards of bark mulch, delivered and installed.

Another purpose behind the significant expense of mulches is the fading of colors in the colored mulches throughout some periods, which diminishes the overall value of the item.

Mulches are introduced in large areas like homesteads and water system lands and take up long periods of time for installation, driving up installation costs.

Thus, replacing their application with the help of traditional and DIY methods. Also, the regional government protocols on the use of inorganic mulches like black plastic set back the market’s exponential growth.

Country-wise Insights

Will the Huge Trend of Organic Farming Drive the Market in the US?

According to the National Gardening Association, 35% of American households either cultivate their own food at home or participate in community gardens. Because more people are growing their own food, more "organic labeled" materials are being used, which includes organic mulches.

Regional governments have intensively allocated funds under the Land and Water Conservation Fund for preserving water resources. The water management system prioritizes landscaping and provides tips on the conservation of water. The usage of mulch plays an essential role in retaining moisture and reducing the need for frequent watering of fields, increasing water conservation.

Why is China at the Top of the Mulching Materials Market?

China has shown prominent growth in the market because of the adoption of mulches in expanding households and the high agricultural yield. Not only the households but their use in the playgrounds have extended the scope of mulches. Furthermore, high agricultural capability apprehends the demand for mulching materials in China.

The overgrowing sense of sustainability among consumers has contrived the mulching materials market affirmatively.

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Category-wise Insights

Why are Organic Mulches Preferred by the Users?

Organic mulches usage will be appreciated due to its extravagant benefits in enhancing the fertility of the soil, easily decomposed, weed preventer, temperature, and pH equilibrium. Mulches with weed preventers magnify the advantages offered by organic mulches. Also, the utilization of straws under organic mulches has significantly increased during the course of time due to their ease of availability.

Organic mulches are biodegradable and increase soil fertility and water retention capacity after decaying. Organic mulch is better than inorganic mulch as inorganic mulch contains plastic that holds a high amount of heat which is harmful to plants. The government has laid strict rules regarding the removal of plastic mulch after every growing season.

How is Horticulture Driving the Demand for the Market?

Horticulture is anticipated to dominate the mulching material market in terms of value and volume owing to the high demand from commercial farms across the globe.

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture lays importance on the cultivation of greenhouse and landscaping crops, vegetables, and fruits, which contribute extensively to agricultural crop production. Horticulture production witnessed a moderate growth rate in recent years, indicating an increment in the number of mulches used during the cultivation of such crops.

Eminent Players Key Strategy Analysis

Prominent manufacturers are Bailey Bark Materials, Inc., Cowart Mulch Products, Inc., FKuR Kunststoff GmbH, Jolly Gardener, Novamont S.p.A, Ohio Mulch, Preen, Renewable Fiber Inc., The Scotts Company LLC, and Woodland Mulch.

The mulching material market is highly competitive in nature, numerous players across the globe could be witnessed intensifying the overall competition. Market players have robust research and development units, and extensively deploy funds and man forces to achieve innovative products.

To increase the implementation of mulches, companies are trading in bulk as well as small offerings so that they can captivate more customers. Players are organizing different fundraising activities to create awareness of both social causes and products.

  • In 2020, Mulch Manufacturing was acquired by National Storm Recovery Inc. The combination gave them an ideal position to strengthen their position by increasing sales and respective margin.

Fact.MR has provided detailed information about the price points of key manufacturers of mulching materials positioned across regions, sales growth, production capacity, and speculative technological expansion, in the recently published report.

Segmentation of Mulching Materials Industry Research

  • By Product Type:

    • Organic Mulch
      • Barked, shredded, or chipped
      • Pine needles
      • Grass Clippings
      • Shredded leaves
      • Straw
    • Inorganic mulch
      • Black Plastic
      • Landscape fabric
      • Stone/Gravel
      • Others
  • By Application:

    • Residential Applications
    • Gardens
      • Public Garden
      • Corporate Gardens
      • Hotels and Resort Gardens
    • Horticulture
    • Others
  • By Sales Channel:

    • Modern Trade
    • Garden Supply Stores
    • Online Stores
    • Other Channels
  • By Region:

    • North America
    • Latin America
    • Europe
    • East Asia
    • South Asia & Oceania
    • MEA

- FAQs -

The global market is expected to be valued at US$ 3.4 billion in 2022.

Inorganic mulching materials account for maximum consumption holding 97.3% of the global market.

North America holds around 18.6% share in the global market and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 7.2% by 2032.

China holds the maximum share in East Asia and is expected to reach an approximate valuation of US$ 841.7 million in 2022.

The global market was valued at US$ 3.2 billion in 2021.

Horticulture accounts for 43.8% share of global sales.

Mulching Materials Market

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