Why mulch to begin with?
On the stage of the landscaping show, mulch often gets cast instead as a side character. We hope to ask you, the show’s directors, to reconsider and cast mulch as a star instead. Like, top-billed. The versatility and value that mulch adds to your outdoor living area are vast and wonderful.
The amount of positive activity mulch does by simply laying there, existing, makes us all envious (don’t we all wish we could do our jobs, get our homes clean, and take care of the kids by simply lying around all day?). So let’s talk about just a few of the finer points of what mulch can do for your landscape.
Mulch Less Weeds
Weeds. Unlike mulch that has to do anything to be a hero hardly, weeds have the energy, vitality, and stubbornness of a moody toddler. That means that their sole job is to grow and happily spread their grossness around. So, how can mulch reign in all that energy?
Weeds gain their supergrowth by catching the sun rays from the leaves and filtering down to the root. So if something (mulch) is laying as a soft blanket on the soil, it acts as a barrier for weeds to get what gives them that energy – while still giving your flowers and plants what they need to thrive.
Mulch Less Erosion
Excess water plus loose soil equals erosion. Erosion can get carried away by carrying away things like your grass, flowers, and even your home’s foundation. In other words, erosion equals terrible for your property. So, how can mulch prevent erosion from the spaces that need the most protection?
Mulch acts as a shield of strength, allowing in just enough water to keep your flowers and plants growing but not enough to cause erosion to take place. In addition, your soil stays not too loose and not too tight to cause compaction when shielded by a nice layer of mulch.
Mulch More Water
For being such a vital part of living things continuing to exist, water is a finicky thing. You absolutely need it, but not too little and not too much. Controlling the amount of water your plants and flowers get with conditions like rain and irrigation is complex and can ruin even the prettiest flower beds. So, how does mulch make sure that the water these areas are getting is just right?
Like the insulation in your home, mulch acts as the pink fluffy stuff that you find in your attic – only for your flowerbeds. First, mulch makes sure to keep just the proper moisture in your soil without allowing too much to get through. Then, when there is a dry spell, mulch keeps the water that’s already in the soil locked in for longer.
Mulch More Nutrients
While water is, of course, the most important thing for humans and plants alike to keep living, food is also fundamental. Because we typically don’t spend much time feeding our plants and flowers, we don’t often think about the importance of nutrients being delivered. We kind of just assume that they get everything they need from the soil.
While plants and flowers do get plenty of their nutrients from the organic material that is in the soil, sometimes those nutrients get leached out by things like weeds and washed away by erosion. Mulch acts as a trap keeping the nutrients where they need to be, at the root of all your plants and flowers. So if organic mulch is your mulch of choice, it also provides nutrients as it breaks down.
Ok, so you’ve convinced me – what kind of mulch works best for me?
When it comes to choosing mulch for your property, this is where it gets fun. There is no particular mulch that won’t do a great job on just about any soil. However, some mulch types work better than others, depending on the type of soil you have. Talking with your expert friends in the green industry can help determine that.
However, most of your choice comes from personal decisions alone. There are many options in both the organic and inorganic categories for you to choose from. For example, perhaps your plants and flowers need a particular type of nutrient that organic mulch can provide. Or maybe your aesthetic is a very modern, clean look, in which case inorganic material may work better.
Organics Make Flowerbeds Healthy So Mulch
Organic mulches come in a massive range of different shapes, sizes, colors, and more for your flower bed. You may choose pine straw or pine bark, which is the most common style of organic mulch. Perhaps you want a mulch that’s good at repelling insects, in which case you may choose a cedar mulch.
You can even go the ultimate inorganic material and use some of your makings. A very I’ve been coming type of mulch is compost or even grass clippings. Talk about renew, reuse, and recycle!
Inorganics Are Mulch Aesthetically Pleasing
This is not the time to discount inorganic mulch, however. Inorganic mulch offers many of the same benefits that organic mulch does. For example, it keeps moisture trapped in the soil, combats weeds, and compels soil compaction like a champ.
Many folks choose inorganics because aesthetically, they give a clean look to your outdoor living space. Plus, since they don’t break down, you don’t have to replace inorganic mulch as often as organic.
Mulch Appreciate Your Green Experts
There is no need to mulch alone – in fact, 10 out of 10 would not recommend it. Mulching comes with many choices but is more efficient and effective when calculated by a professional. Plus, a pro can do a soil sample to help you determine what the best mulch is for you.
Divine Lawns has mulch expertise in all things lawn care, landscaping, and outdoor services. We have established ourselves as a much-needed service in our communities and are mulch grateful for all of our clients. You simply mulch contact us for all your landscaping needs – after all, you aren’t just looking for a lovely lawn; you are looking for one that is Divine.