Mulching is one of the best things you can do for your lawn and garden. Not only is mulching an attractive way to make your plants and flowers pop and keep your lawn looking its best, mulching also provides additional benefits.
Read on to see just how many benefits mulching can provide to your yard!
Mulch is customizable. There are many different types of mulch, depending on why and what you’re looking to mulch. If you are hoping to achieve a specific look or integrate certain colors, you can certainly find a mulch to match your color scheme. Mulch contributes to your garden appearing cared for and polished.
Beyond simple aesthetics, there is a science to mulching. If your soil craves certain types of nutrients, if you’re hoping to minimize weeds, or if you need to insulate your newly planted tree roots, there are different mulches optimized for each specific need. To make sure you get started with the right mulches, consult with an experienced landscaping company like Heffner Landscaping, and we can point you to the right mulch for your specific yard and opportunity.
Mulch can prevent soil erosion. One of the reasons mulching is most important is because it’s a great way to keep your soil from eroding. By protecting the soil from direct contact with wind and rain, mulch helps keep your soil in place. Finding the right amounts and densities of mulch can be tricky. To avoid over-mulching, consult professional landscapers to assess your risks of erosion and the optimal places and amounts of mulch to use to optimally keep your soil protected.
Mulch keeps weeds at bay. Another common use for mulch is to control weeds. By not allowing the sun, rain, and nutrients unfettered access to your soil, you suppress weeds and other unwanted plants from gaining foothold and taking over your flower beds. A key to keeping weeds away is to apply the mulch to a completely weed-free area. If you haven’t properly weeded before you mulch, your mulch may not serve its purpose very well! Using the correct amount of mulch is also important for weed suppression. While most mulching projects require about two to four inches of mulch, mulch to keep out weeds may require a bit more than the typical amount. Consult the professionals to make sure you’re getting the best use from your mulch!
Mulches can keep your soil healthier. Because mulches cover your soil, they not only keep the soil temperature more regulated, they also protect it from overexposure to the elements. Mulch also keeps your soil from compacting, ensuring it stays loose and can get proper air and nutrients. Speaking of nutrients, organic mulches like wood chips, pine needles, grass clippings, and leaves can invite earthworms. Earthworms are good for your soil structure, and promote full, healthy nutrient cycles in the soil. Organic mulches do decompose, contributing to your top soil’s nutrients. While this is a good thing, organic mulches are not permanent, and should be replaced annually to keep your soil at its healthiest.
There are many other benefits of mulching, too. Find out more by contacting the experts at Heffner Landscaping. We’d love to start a conversation with you about which mulch is best for your yard to help you avoid erosion, keep weeds away, and maintain healthy soil.