1. Mulch Controls Weed Growth
When you lay 2-4 inches of mulch over your soil, that is all it takes to begin choking out unwanted plant life. Mulching achieves this by providing a barrier between the soil and unwanted seeds and sunlight. The seeds that lead to weed germination have a hard time penetrating the hardwood ground covering. And with limited sunlight, weeds have a difficult time growing. Mulching can prevent airborne seeds from reaching the soil they need to germinate. Even if a few weeds do sprout their roots usually don’t as extensively as they would be without the mulch stunting their growth. This makes them easier to uproot.
The prevention of weeds means that your plants do not need to compete with weeds for moisture and nutrients needed to grow.
The bottom line is that a layer of mulch can reduce the time and expense of weed control.
2. Plants Stay Hydrated
Our good friend the sun isn’t such a good friend to the soil. If the dirt in a flower garden is exposed to its rays for too long, things can get pretty dry pretty quickly!
Mulch refuses to let dry soil kill beautiful flowers. Instead, it shades the soil from the sun’s harsh rays, locking in the precious moisture needed to fuel a beautiful garden.
Mulch also keeps the top of the soil soft and ready to receive the water it needs. Without this protection, the crust hardens into a moisture-resistant layer. Good luck trying to grow anything in that soil!
Another great thing about this benefit is it saves you work! Since mulch-covered soil can lock in moisture for long periods, it requires less watering. So, instead of having to water your flower bed every day, you can get away with doing it two or three times a week!
Work smarter, not harder is what we always say. Mulch allows you to do just that!
3. Soil Remains Temperate
Mulch functions the same way that insulation functions in your home. It can keep the soil at a more even temperature. The key is to apply it strategically.
4. Gardens Bulk Up
Organic mulching, like the wood chips or bark mulch Garrett Landscaping uses, breaks down to provides organic matter and nutrients to our sandy Florida soil over time. Hardwood mulch also improves the ability of sandy soils to hold and drain moisture.
5. Mulch Can Help Control Pests
Fortunately, mulch’s protection extends to keeping pests and diseases away as well. Certain types of mulching, including cedar, pinewood, and cypress wood chips, have been known to ward off harmful fleas and ticks.
6. Mulch Just Looks Good
As you can see, premium mulching does plenty to benefit your planting beds. That’s great and all. But our favorite benefit by far is how it makes a garden look. I believe fresh mulch is probably the quickest and least expensive way to increase the curb appeal of your property.
Here are some photos from a recent installation that Garrett Landscape and Property Management did in Vero Beach, Florida. Is it time for fresh mulch in your planting beds? Call Garrett Property Management today at (772) 778-7905.