Mulch is organic material spread on top of the ground to benefit plant growth and help with plant maintenance. Wood chips, leaves, grass clippings, wood shavings, and compost all make good mulches. Mulching has been a common practice in the horticulture industry for a long time and there are many benefits to mulching your garden or landscape yearly.
1. Mulch helps retain moisture in the soil and helps conserve water. During our hot summer months that has an erratic rain, this is very important to have.
2. It suppresses weeds for a month or two after the mulch has been installed. The thickness of the mulch does matter when it comes to weeds.
3. The microbes in the soil also benefit from the mulch by means of the mulch breaking down over time therefore feeding the plants in return.
4. Mulch adds great structure and prevents soil compaction. Adding soil on a regular schedule will result in great, quality soil.
5. Mulching protects the root systems form the sun and the frost. The mulch will act as a blanket during extreme weather and protect the roots from damage.
Tips for using mulch:
1. Refrain from applying mulch too thick to your landscape. Too thick of mulch can prevent the plants from receiving water during normal rain showers. The water won’t have enough time to make it through the mulch to the soil before the mulch soaks it up. Mulch should be installed from 2 to 3 inches deep.
2. Water in your mulch after it has been installed to prevent it from washing away. The water will settle the mulch into place and create a great organic blanket for your plants.
3. Use wood chips, pine needles or even shredded paper as a mulch source.
4. Refrain from using grass clippings or hay as a form of mulch due to the possibility of noxious seeds entering your soil and creating a problem.
If you would like us to come out and give you a free quote to mulch your property, then please contact us at 936-777-3103 or visit us at IndianCreekPlantCo.com