Mulching is a common landscaping practice that provides an abundance of benefits to any landscape. Now that the weather is warming up and the growing season is in full swing, it’s the perfect time to apply mulch in and around your garden beds. Here are eight reasons why you should mulch this spring and all the benefits that mulch provides!
Natural Weed Control
Weeds are thieves that, when left alone, will steal essential nutrients from your trees and shrubs. Mulch acts as a barrier, preventing weeds from receiving the important nutrients that they need for growth (mainly sunlight, oxygen, and water). Not only can mulch prevent weeds from sprouting, it can also smother them and prevent them from germinating.
Increased Moisture Retention and Regulated Soil Temperature
One of the biggest threats that your trees and shrubs will face this spring and summer is drought. All it takes is a hot and/or windy day to start evaporating the essential moisture from your soil. Mulching is a great way to prevent this evaporation from occurring. By providing shade for the soil and working as an insulator, the soil temperature stays cool and the loss of moisture is significantly reduced. This will keep your trees and shrubs protected and prepared to thrive all season long.
Soil Enrichment and Earthworm Attraction
When mulch decomposes it deposits organic matter and beneficial nutrients into the soil. This is especially true with plant-based mulch, which is recommended for most landscapes and flowerbeds (as opposed to rock-based).
Along with adding nutrients to the soil, decomposed mulch will also feed earthworms, which are important to the overall health of the soil in your landscape. Earthworms improve the soil in your landscape by ingesting and digesting the soil, depositing rich nutrients to the surrounding soil.
Natural Pest Control
Certain types of mulches contain oils that deter pests from your landscape. It’s a simple, easy, and natural form of pest control. When applying mulch, you will want to be sure to avoid piling the mulch high against the base of your tree or plant, as doing so may result in the reverse effect. It can create an inviting environment for pests like termites to make your landscape their home.
Just be sure to do your research before applying mulch as a form of pest control. We recommend applying no more than 2-4 inches around your trees and shrubs and cedar bark is the best choice of mulch for pest control.
By aiding in moisture retention, mulch also allows the plant’s root system to grow deeper and stronger. When the moisture is given more time to infiltrate the soil, it goes deeper into the root systems, picking up nutrients along the way. When the nutrient-rich moisture hits the roots, it results in lush, healthy growth.
Mulch Looks Amazing
The most visible benefit mulch provides to your landscape is its beauty. Mulch adds vibrant color to your landscape while giving it that crisp, clean, natural look that you will love. Over time, the mulch will also result in stronger, healthier plants. If you’re looking to add that curb appeal while increasing the value of your home, mulching is a great way to do just that.
You’ve invested your hard earned time and money into your landscape, trees, and shrubs. Protecting your landscaping should be at the top of your to-do list. At PPM Tree Care, we’re here to help. Our team of professionals has over 10 years of experience in providing a full range of landscaping services, including mulch installation and seasonal bed maintenance.