Adding mulch to your plant and garden beds is one of the simplest and most beneficial things you can do for your yard. Mulch can come in a variety of materials, including various types of barks (i.e. cedar, hemlock, pine, etc.), wood chips, fallen leaves, or compost. Mulching is the simple act of applying a layer of these materials over plant or garden beds. There are many advantages to mulching, but we will discuss a few of the most beneficial.
Weeds, like any other desirable plant, needs air and light to flourish. By applying a layer of mulch to your beds, sunlight and oxygen cannot reach these seeds, which slows the germination process. Therefore, by applying mulch, fewer weeds will be allowed to grow in these areas, saving you time and money in dealing with these unwanted plants.
Another benefit of applying mulch is that it protects your already established plants as well as newly sprouted plants against the threat of frost. Frost and freezing temperatures can quickly kill off your plants, so protecting them is essential. Mulch acts as an insulating barrier against these hazards and will increase the life of your plants.
Mulch quickly absorbs and stores water, which can be a great benefit during the hot months of the year. Since mulch retains moisture, you will have to water (and worry about) plants less. Moisture retention not only helps plants, but it can help lower your water bill as well!
Installing a layer of mulch also adds nutrients to your soil. After the mulch has had some time to break down and incorporate into your soil, it will add nutrients that are beneficial to the growth of plants and will help build healthy soil around your property.
These are just a few of the many benefits that mulching brings to your landscape. Your next step is to install the mulch yourself, which can be rather time-consuming and laborious, or find an experienced landscaper (like Urban Eden) who can effectively and efficiently add a beautiful layer of mulch to your yard. Urban Eden Landscaping would love to help install mulch around your yard! Give us a call at (360)567-6399, contact us through our website, or fill out an estimate request form online today!