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Finding Your Climate Zone is an Important Part of Using the Mulch - Let us Help You!

usda_hardiness_zones2.jpgThe plants that will grow best in your garden are the ones that are best-adaptable to your specific climate. That’s why it pays to know your climate zone. To identify your climate zone (and the plants recommended for it), we use the two most popular systems of climate zones in the USA, which are the USDA Hardiness Zones and the Sunset Climate Zones.
 
Although both systems are quite useful as a general guide to climate, they are different in their scope: the USDA Zones are based solely on average minimum temperatures, while the Sunset Zones take into account many different climate factors such as summer heat, duration of heat and cold, annual rainfall, humidity, and prevailing winds. Knowing your climate zone in both of these systems is essential to identifying which plants will grow well for you.

Find Your Sunset Climate Zone (you must be logged in to the Mulch):

If you live in the West, please use the Sunset Climate Zones.

Step 1:  Refer to the Sunset Climate Zone map and find the Sunset Climate Zone number for where you live.

Step 2:  Add this information (it's a number between 1-42) to your registration or your profile (Click here for a tutorial on how to add it to your profile) so we can have an easy way to understand your gardening needs better.

Find Your USDA Hardiness Zone (you must be logged in to the Mulch):

Most of the Eastern half of the US uses the USDA Hardiness Zones.
 
Step 1: Use this handy Zone Finder to help you find your USDA Hardiness Zone (it's a number between 1-11).

Step 2: Add this information to your registration or your profile (Click here for a tutorial on how to add it to your profile) we can have an easy way to understand your gardening needs better.

Finding and adding your climate zone to your profile on the Mulch is really helpful, all our plant care reminders are based on the climate zone you live in!

When you add your climate zones to your profile we'll display it in the upper right hand corner of every page (when you're logged in) like this image below:

Contact us if you have any questions or need some help!

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