Nothing heralds the coming of Spring quite like a freshly mulched yard. But mulch isn’t just for aesthetics; it is also very beneficial to your plants and soils. Here are just 6 reasons you should mulch this Spring:
- Mulch helps improve soil moisture and prevents plants from drying out too quickly.
- Mulch helps reduce soil erosion and soil compaction.
- Mulch helps maintain optimal soil temperatures by creating a barrier from the heat and cold.
- Mulch helps increase soil nutrition as it decomposes by improving soil structure, thus providing better drainage and better use of nutrients.
- Mulch helps reduce weeds that can steal nutrients from your plants (and lets face it, weeds are ugly and unwanted).
- Mulch helps protect shallow-root plants from freeze damage and frost-heave.
Be careful not to use too much mulch as that can create a layer that doesn’t decompose or allow for root growth. The soil can become so compacted water and nutrients can’t penetrate to the roots. This is easily avoided by stripping off as much of the old mulch and then adding a fresh layer each year. Keep your mulch around 3 inches deep, making sure to keep it away from the trunk of trees or shrubs.
Spring mulching is best done BEFORE new bulbs and perennials start popping up. What kind of mulch you use depends on you – where you live, your budget and your preference. Our experienced staff can help you choose the best mulch for your yard.