What homeowner doesn’t yearn to own a beautiful home with breathtaking landscape out front. However, caring for and maintaining that beautiful landscape continues to be a difficult task for most of us. Mulching plays a huge role in keeping your landscape looking great year round.
Adding mulch to the right areas of your property traps excess moisture and lowers the temperature of the soil, keeping your plants hydrated, fertile and healthy longer. Mulch also significantly reduces weed growth, adds natural nutrient supplements and prevents vitamin loss in plants, keeping your yard healthy.
Every type of mulch contains different acidity levels, providing different benefits for your landscape. Learn the makeup of your landscape and choose a mulch with the correct acidity levels to keep your yard looking its best.
Mulching also protects against pests and disease, prevents erosion and soil compaction and provides homes for plant-friendly insects.
Different mulches offer different colors, each adding a unique style to your landscape. Choose from a wide variety of colors and textures to complete the look of your yard’s landscape. Alternating types of mulches also provides your plants with a variety of nutrients.
There are both inorganic and organic mulches. Inorganic mulches include various stones, lava rocks, pulverized rubbers and other materials. They don’t decompose, requiring no need to be replenished often. However, they don’t improve soil structure or provide nutrients.
Organic mulches include wood chips, pine needles, bark, leaves, compost mixes and other products from plants. Organic mulch decomposes at different rates depending on the material and climate –– mulches that decompose faster must be replenished more often. Organic mulch is often popular because the decomposition process improves soil quality and fertility.
It is important to layer your landscape with the correct amount of mulch –– too much causes damage. An excess amount of mulch leads to excess moisture which causes stress to the plants roots and stems. Some types of mulches affect soil pH values and adding too much often leads to nutrient deficiencies or toxic buildups.
Create a healthy and thriving landscape with mulch, learn what type best suits your yard.