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It’s Time for Mulch!
We know just like you do that landscaping can be hard work. There’s a lot that goes into making your yard and garden perfect. You do hours of prep work, you plan, you purchase flowers, plants, and bushes that will (hopefully) thrive in your hardiness zones or sunlight amounts and you take care of them over time. It culminates into a beautiful yard and prosperous garden that you’re proud of. But … don’t forget to mulch!
Why should you use mulch?
Mulch is great for a number of reasons; it is good for your plants and will also save you labor. All in all, it reduces evaporation, slows weed growth, improves soil quality, and makes your gardens look more attractive. Mulch helps to reduce water loss from the soil. It slows evaporation and improves water absorption when it rains, or you turn on the sprinkler. Plus, when you think of all it saves, it’s well worth the money you’ll spend, since mulch is pretty reasonable. It really isn’t just a bunch of wood chips!
What kinds of mulch are there?
There are many options to choose from, and each come with their own set of advantages and disadvantages. Your area, crops and landscaping needs should be discussed with your nursery professional, but here is some standard information we hope you find helpful:
Organic mulch is a great starting point because it decomposes and improves the soil around it. An aged-organic mulch (partially decomposed wood products) will improve the soil and encourage all-around plant growth.
Fresh organic mulch, composed of wood chips and bark, is good when you want to control weed growth or improve the appearance of the landscaping, but you don’t need soil improvement. We suggest using this around trees or shrubs. This type of mulch will typically last longer than an aged-organic mulch, which is another advantage of going fresh.
Stone mulch is good to use in areas to stabilize a garden or to prevent washout (hills). This type of mulch is also useful in improving the appearance of your garden area.
There are many colors of mulch to consider too! Dark brown, brown, reddish, gold-dyed and so many variations. Colorfastness varies by each, however, gold-dyed mulches will keep their color the longest.
Will the mulch work anywhere you put it?
Unfortunately, just like most gardening or landscaping situations, mulch may fail to do its job in certain places. If you put mulch in a very damp, low area, it will retain too much water and your plants won’t flourish. Sometimes they’ll encourage an overpopulation of slugs and other pests that’ll eat or harm certain plants. So, be mindful of where you put your mulch.
Will mulch stop weeds from growing?
Mulch won’t stop weeds from growing completely, but if you apply it at the appropriate depth, then it can help prevent many weed seeds already in the soil from germinating and growing. However, it won’t stop weeds that have already rooted. We recommend that you pull out any visible weeds before mulching. As with anything, a little maintenance will be required but much less than without mulch.
How much mulch is recommended?
We recommend about a 4-inch depth for normal areas or a 6-inch depth for wood and stems to prevent rot. You can also use our online landscaping calculator to see the total amount you’ll need to purchase. https://www.landscapecalculator.com/calculators/mulch
Whether you are an experienced gardener, or just starting to get your feet wet and your thumb green, mulch will be a great benefit to you. You’ll have less watering, weeding, fertilizing and general maintenance. We have many types, colors and recommendations for you. Come on in – it’s time to mulch!
It’s Time for Mulch! was last modified: September 6th, 2017 by toadflax