A common method of landscaping, especially here in the midwest, is to use mulch. Mulch not only provides your yard with a unique look, but with a number of other benefits as well. Put simply, you can benefit from landscaping with mulch.
Reasons to Use Mulch When Landscaping
Stop Weeds in Their Tracks
Weeds can be described using a few different adjectives, and all of them are negative. Not only are they annoying, but unsightly and insidious as well. This is, of course, why we’re always trying to get rid of them.
Well, one great way to eradicate weeds is by laying down mulch. Mulch will essentially act as a barrier, preventing the sun from reaching the weeds, and preventing those weeds from sprouting.
It certainly beats pulling weeds each and every time they sprout up.
Keeps Water in the Soil
If you want your flowers and other assorted plants to grow adequately, they’ll need to have access to plenty of water. In the summertime when evaporation is at its peak, this can be a bit of a problem.
Fortunately, mulch has the ability to retain moisture and to reduce the evaporation of groundwater. In essence, it keeps water in the soil so that it can continue to be fed on by your many plants.
This means less watering for you, which is a good thing, right?
Provides Soil With Vital Nutrients
Plants don’t only need water to survive, but the proper nutrients as well. Nutrients such as phosphorus, nitrogen, potassium, and calcium are absolutely vital to a plant living and thriving.
While most plants can readily find these nutrients existing in soil, they sometimes aren’t as plentiful as they should be. It’s for this reason that mulch can benefit you.
Organic mulch is loaded with the nutrients needed by plants. These nutrients are released slowly over time as the mulch decomposes, ensuring that your plants always have a fresh supply.
Reduces Soil Erosion
A little rain is a good thing for plants. But a lot of rain can be a disaster for plants. When rain falls hard and leaves standing water, it typically causes erosion, washing away soil and nutrients that plants need to survive.
However, mulch can do a lot to reduce the amount of erosion that takes place. Again, mulch acts as a barrier, in this case between rain and soil.
By having it in place over your soil, you won’t have to worry about your plants’ food source being washed way.
Easy to Maintain
Perhaps the best aspect of landscaping with mulch is that it’s ridiculously easy. All you have to do is lay it down about once a year and let it work its magic.
The less mulch you have in your yard, the more weeding, mowing, and trimming you’ll have to do. If landscaping is not a big hobby of yours, you’ll probably want to do as little of it as possible, right?
And mulch won’t only reduce the amount of mowing and trimming you’ll have to do. It will also reduce the amount of watering you’ll have to do.
Interested in Landscaping with Mulch?
Have we convinced you? Are you interested in landscaping with mulch? If so, we here at Smitty’s Tree and Arbor Service can help you.
Smitty’s supplies three different colors of hardwood mulch: red, dark brown, and natural. Go ahead and use our mulch calculator to figure out how much you need for your purposes. If you need help, we can provide it to you.
Contact us now!