Adding mulch to your flowerbed or garden is one of the best things you can do for the life of your plants, and for your wallet. A layer of mulch retains moisture better than bare soil, minimizing the need for watering. It also helps prevent soil erosion by acting as a barrier and lessening the force of impact when water hits the ground. Not only does mulch keep soil nutrients from being washed away with the rain, but organic mulch releases nutrients as it slowly decomposes on top of the soil.
Mulching is placing a protective barrier around plants and over bare soil. Mulch is made of organic materials such as:
- Bark or Wood Chips
- Pine Needles
- Cocoa Bean Shells
- River Rock
Organic mulch encourages earthworms to occupy your garden soil. There are many benefits to earthworms, which help promote healthy soil by improving soil structure and nutrient cycling.
For a natural insect repellent, consider using fragrant mulches. Certain types of mulch, such as cedar bark can deter certain pests due to the fact that cedar bark has natural oils that act as an insect repellant. Be sure to research mulch types before adding any to your garden as some may attract bugs and other insects.
Mulching is also a great tool to limit the amount of weeds that tend to spring up in open spaces of your garden because it acts as a barrier and limits the amount of sunlight that can find its way to weeds.
Mulch is an easy to maintain filler that allows you to polish up your garden with a finished look. Grass and other fillers may take extensive care, such as mowing and watering, as well as compete for resources with garden plants.
It’s best to choose mulch that will suit your gardens needs. If unsure, consult with a The Grounds Guys® professional.
The Grounds Guys can complete your mulching or give you an estimate on what it would require.