Summer is here, and you’ve probably seen your neighbors spreading mulch in front of their homes. You may be wondering, “Should I mulch?” or if you should re-do what’s currently on your beds. As lawn care experts, we have the answers you’re looking for.
Mulch is highly beneficial for yards. These simple wood chips have a significant impact on the health and appearance of your landscaping. What else do you need to know? Here are the top five reasons you should invest in mulch for your home.
1. Protect Your Yard
Mulch protects plants, shrubs, and trees, acting as insulation for your plants’ roots. During winter, it protects the roots from frost damage, and during the summer heat (like we’re experiencing now), it provides your plants’ roots with a layer to keep the soil cool.
Mulch also prevents soil and water from splashing up onto your plants’ leaves, preventing pests and disease. On the other hand, beneficial bugs find homes in the crevices of a well-mulched bed.
2. Reduce Water Use and Soil Erosion
There are days you forget to water your plants or just run out of time, and with a good layer of mulch, you won’t have to worry. Mulch slows water evaporation and keeps your soil moist, so you won’t wake up to crispy plants if you skip watering now and then.
Additionally, you can spend less time watering and use less water to keep your plants hydrated. Mulch helps save you money and is an eco-friendly choice.
3. Keep Your Soil Healthy
Over time mulch breaks down to become soil, injecting nutrients into your yard, which benefits your plants and the creatures that keep your plants healthy. Micro-organisms and earthworms munch on the decomposing mulch, transforming into nutrients for your plants. Having mulch keeps those nutrients in place. Without it, your soil’s nutrients leach out and are wasted.
As mulch deteriorates, it improves the texture and condition of your soil. This makes it a lasting investment because your plants will thrive, and you can plant a greater diversity of species.
4. Banish Weeds from Your Beds
Very few homeowners have the time to weed their beds regularly. Luckily, mulch makes this chore more manageable and less time-consuming. By retaining water and creating a dense barrier, inhibiting the ability to germinate, weeds have a difficult time surviving in a mulched bed. This means fewer unsightly weeds and more time to appreciate the beauty of your yard.
5. Bring Out the Beauty of Your Landscaping
Of course, the most visible benefit of mulch is a well-manicured, attractive yard. In addition to helping your plants grow stronger and healthier, mulch defines your garden beds, makes the beauty of your plants pop, and adds consistency to the appearance of your yard. With fresh mulch, your landscaping will look revitalized.
Ready to Mulch or Re-Mulch Your Garden Beds?
Are you ready to improve the health of your yard with a mulch installation? We can get you the mulch you need to keep your yard looking its best. If you need help calculating how much you need, try this handy tool: http://www.landscapecalculator.com/calculators/mulch, and contact us for a free estimate.
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