Mulching provides numerous benefits to gardens and landscapes. For instance, a good layer of mulch, around 3 inches, can help reduce weed development in your garden.
Remove excess mulch build up in your beds prior to adding new mulch. As mulch deteriorates it turns to dirt and this dirt build up in your beds can be detrimental to your plants. Mulch build up next to your home can cause grading and drainage problems.
When applying mulch around your plants keep it just away from the bark of your trees and shrubs to prevent damage by girdling or softening the bark.
Mulch acts as a barrier between the soil and the elements. This helps to control moisture and prevents soil evaporation by protecting the soil from the rays of the sun and from the wind. This translates to less watering. Mulch also protects the soil against rain, so that there will be less soil erosion. Mulch helps to regulate the temperature of the soil. Soil stays cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.
Mulching is a safe and natural way to help create a lush and beautiful garden or landscape. When done properly, it can also improve the appearance of your home, thus increasing its overall value.
There are many types of mulch that can be used. Choose the mulch that you prefer to see.
Shredded hardwood, Pine bark nuggets, Pine Straw, Cedar, Leaf grow and Red, Brown and Black dyed mulch.
For a permanent mulch you can use many types of decorative stone.