Mulch is one of the most effective tools that a landscaper can use to help boost both the overall health of your lawn and its aesthetic appeal. Mulch is made up of a variety of decomposing organic materials – ranging from bark to wood chips – that are used to help perform a variety of plant-boosting functions.
Today, we’re going to talk about a few of its benefits and why mulching should be at or near the top of any serious homeowner’s wish list when it comes to their landscaping needs. Let’s jump right in!
Killing weeds and maintaining moisture
Mulch helps to neutralize weeds – not only in gardens, but around trees as well. This causes a ripple effect as weeds force unnecessary competition for water, leaving some sections of gardens and lawns dry and/or dying. Not only will this help plants retain moisture better, but it cancels out the unnecessary competition and allows plants to take full advantage of the nutrients they have at their disposal.
This additional water is significant – especially in warmer, dryer months where drought can do a number on your yard. It’s also a nice thing to do for the sake of your water bill as well! Mulch usually means you’ll be using your sprinklers less!
Certain types of mulch (like Cedar Bark) can deter pests from making their home on your lawn. Many of these materials have natural oils that act as insect repellant and naturally help keep pests at bay. Now that being said – and this is important – you do need to be careful about what kind of mulch you use. Some mulch can actually attract pests – so it’s important to look into what kind of mulch is best for your lawn – especially if you’ve had a pest problem in the past.
Not only does mulch keep nutrients from being washed away during erosion, it also releases nutrients into the ground. As the material decomposes, it seeps into the soil, giving your plants an extra boost of the good stuff they need in order to grow and thrive.
While extreme heat and extreme cold are both bad for plants in their own way – they’re not the worst thing for plants. The worst thing for plants are extreme, inconsistent fluctuations in temperature. When this happens, all sorts of consequences can be felt – from early bloom, to dead and dying plants mid-season and a whole host of other issues. Mulch regulates temperature – giving your plants the best possible chance at finding success.
Mulch makes your lawn look really good! It evens things out, gives gardens and trees definition and the nutrient boosts it provides gives you a lot more color and a landscape that just looks and feels healthier. Mulching not only promotes a healthy growing environment – but it makes your property look great as well!
If you’re looking to give your lawn a face lift, then give us a call and we’ll give you a free consultation. Good luck this season!