Mulch is an essential part to landscape design and Spring landscaping practices. Mulches are protective materials placed over soil to help retain moisture and improve the overall soil conditions. When properly applied, this application is very beneficial to plants, trees and shrubs. Mulch also gives landscapes a very polished well maintained appearance. When improperly applied, mulch can do the reverse causing harm to plants instead of providing protection.
Mulch is available in both organic and commercial forms. Different mulches offer different benefits and vary in the amount of maintenance needed. Before making a decision, research the different variations and decide what is best for your specific needs. Mulching a garden that is going to house fruits or vegetables will have different needs than landscape with only trees and shrubs.
BENEFITS OF MULCH
- Protection – Layers around trees and shrubs can help prevent damage from lawn equipment (such as weed whackers or lawn mowers).
- Better Moisture – Mulching helps retain moisture in the soil, which leads to less evaporation of water from the soil. This ensures your plants are kept hydrated longer and reduces the chance of them drying out.
- Weed Control – Prevents weed germination and growth.
- Improved Water Flow – Improved aeration, structure and drainage
- Landscape Health – Protection from specific diseases, while also improving the soil fertility.
- Temperature Control – Temperature regulation of your soil by cooling in the summer and warming in the winter.
- Overall Appeal – A proper layering of mulch gives a well maintained polish looked to the landscape.