The days of rains and cold weather have arrived here in Camas, Washougal, and Vancouver, Washington. The wet and cold can have adverse effects on your plants and landscaping, some of which can be avoided by applying mulch. Mulching serves many purposes and has many benefits to the plants and landscapes. Not sure what mulch is, then read our other blog post.
Protection from Frost
During the winter season, mulch is especially helpful for protecting your desirable plants from the damages that frost and freezing can cause. Mulch creates an insulating barrier around your newly started or well-established plants. Freezing temperatures can quickly damage or even kill off your cherished plants. Therefore, adding mulch to help insulate these plants will help to ensure that they have a long and happy life.
Weeds are a never-ending chore. However, weeds are like most desirable plants, they also need proper air, moisture, and sunlight to grow. Mulching areas where weed growth is a concern will help combat the growth and spread of these undesirable plants. Mulch helps cover bare soil so that weeds have less likelihood of survival. Blocking sunlight and oxygen by using mulch, helps decrease the germination rate resulting in far fewer undesirable plants.
Mulch quickly and efficiently absorbs and retains moisture. This stored moisture is great in times of drought. Furthermore, damp or wet earth does not freeze as quickly as dry earth, so this also helps to protect plants against freezing temperatures. Moisture retention also means less watering for your plants, which will save money on your water bill.
Over time, as the organic material of mulch breaks down and integrates into the soil, it will add nutrients. These composted materials will help build your soil, creating a hospitable environment for your plants to grow and thrive. Building soil and adding nutrients is a necessary component of any happy and healthy plant.
Lastly, mulch adds beauty to any landscape. Adding mulch can quickly transform a drab-looking flower bed, into an aesthetically pleasing area. Mulch comes in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors to fit anyone’s taste and preference, so finding what is right for you should be an easy task.
Urban Eden Landscaping has years of experience installing mulch. We will get the job done quickly and efficiently, so you do not have to worry. If you would like some assistance with installing mulch or any other landscape tasks, call us today at (360)567-6399, contact us here, or simply fill out our FREE online estimate request. Stay dry and warm this winter!