Time to get things looking nice again after the long winter. What makes a yard look better than some fresh mulch?!
Benefits of Mulching
- Mulch gives your landscape a well kept manicured appearance.
- Mulch helps the soil retain moisture.
- Mulch controls and slows weed growth.
- Mulch helps insulate the root zone of your plantings by moderating soil temperatures throughout the year.
- Mulch decomposes improving the soils ability to provide air, moisture, and nutrients.
- Mulch helps to control erosion by slowing runoff and absorbing rainwater.
- Mulch helps to reduce soil compaction.
- Mulch reduces the likelihood of damage from weed whips and lawn mowers.
Proper Mulching Techniques
- If mulch is already present, check the depth. Mulch should only be three to four inches deep.
- If trees or shrubs have been mulched too heavily, remove or redistribute excess mulch as needed.
- Rake the old mulch and break up the matted layers that may have formed before applying more.
- Do not allow mulch to come in contact with the bark of a plant by being piled up against the trunk. Keep mulch three to four inches from the trunk of trees and shrubs.
- Extend mulch to the drip-line of the plant. The primary benefit of mulching occurs in the root zone of the plant.