Mulch not only gives your yard a fine polished look, mulch is also beneficial to your soil and the plants that you grow. Mulching has many benefits here in Washougal, Camas, and Vancouver, Washington, which include controlling weed germination and growth, controlling the loss of moisture in your soil, improving the fertility of soil, and insulating soil which protects plant roots from extreme heat or cold.
What is mulch?
There is a plethora of different types of mulch. However, there are two main categories of mulch: Inorganic mulch and organic mulch.
Inorganic mulch includes stone, lava rock, rubber and various other man-made materials. The benefit of inorganic mulch is that it lasts a long time without decomposing, which means in rarely ever needs to be replaced or replenished. However, the downside of inorganic mulch is that it does not improve the soil or provide it with nutrients.
Organic mulches consist of decomposable materials, such as wood chips, leaves, barks, and compost mixtures. Each kind of organic mulch breaks down at a different rate. Although this causes the need to replenish this type of mulch more often, it is for this reason (decomposition) that organic mulch is preferable to inorganic mulch; as it breaks down it improves the health and diversity of the soil.
Laying a two-to-four-inch layer of mulch is recommended. Too much mulch can cause an overabundance of moisture to accrue, creating mold and causing the roots of plants to rot. Therefore, if the site you intend to lie mulch is poorly drained, apply a thin layer as opposed to a thick layer of mulch. Before you decide to install mulch, it is best to research what type of mulch would go best in your landscape. Some types of mulches may have a better nutrient level and acidity for the plants in your yard.
Mulching can be a tough job that requires a lot of time and effort. Urban Eden Landscaping would be happy to help install mulch in your yard and create a one-of-a-kind look. Contact us today or fill out a free estimate form online.