Mulching is an effective way to encourage your landscape to grow and flourish!

To cultivate your garden or landscaping efforts as best as you possibly can, you need to have a good understanding of balance. This means giving your plants the proper amount of shade, water, sunlight, and nutrition to survive and thrive. If you add too much or too little of these things, you simply won’t get your landscape to look the way you want it to. Mulching is a great way to promote your garden or landscape’s growth as it offers a number of benefits. Here’s what mulching can do for you and your plants.

Mulching Makes Plants Thrive

Mulching certainly isn’t mandatory for the garden of your dreams, but there’s a reason many homeowners decide it’s a good choice. Mulch interacts with and strengthens the soil of your garden, which makes growing an easier task to tackle. Mulch will allow for the soil to retain its moisture, which stops plants from dying out and could be the only reason they survive a drought. When spring and fall come around, mulch will help keep your soil at the perfect temperature. Some kinds of mulch even offer nutrition to plants once it breaks down. Mulching is such a powerful tool in a gardener’s arsenal that it will even aid in weed control.

Different Kinds of Mulch

There’s a wide variety of different kinds of mulches out there, each that have their own advantages and disadvantages. The best approach to this is to speak to a knowledgeable landscaper who can help make a decision on what kind of mulch may be best suited for your area. That said, here are a few common kinds of mulch for your consideration.

  • Wood Chips. Wood chips take longer to decay, which spreads the nutrient boost for your soil out over time. They also tend to stay in place and look orderly. Be careful when choosing what kind of wood chips you’re going to use though, as some–like pink bark mulch–can actually harm your garden due to its acidity.
  • Compost. Starting your own compost pile is surprisingly easy and can then be used as mulch for your garden. Just keep in mind that composted mulch does have the potential of promoting the growth of weeds.
  • Inorganic. Inorganic mulch, made of materials like fabric or rubber, can also be utilized. They won’t have any nutritional benefits for your plants, but they do last the longest of other materials and make maintenance easy.

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