Chances are you’ve seen mulch in gardens, but if you’ve ever wondered what its purpose is, you’ve come to the right place!
The main benefit of mulch comes from its ability to preserve soil moisture, but it also helps combat weed growth and improve soil health, as well as serving as a visually interesting addition to your lawn. Mulch also helps to protect your soil from the elements. All told, mulch is really just a great way to keep your outdoor space looking great, and your soil chock full of nutrients.
A lot of water can be lost due to evaporation, so mulch serves as a way to prevent this, while also being aesthetically pleasing. Mulch comes in many forms, so there’s bound to be one that suits your needs while also adding another interesting visual element to your outdoor area.
Organic or Inorganic? The Choice is Yours!
Organic mulch types include peat moss, wood or bark chips, grass or straw, and pine needles. The man draw of organic mulch is that it helps your outdoor spaces by introducing nutrients into the soil. As the mulch decomposes, nutrients are released, giving the surrounding area extra help in its growth cycle.
While this means your plants will receive more of a boost than with inorganic mulch, it also requires a bit more upkeep. Organic mulch is a great choice if you’re willing to spend a bit more time maintaining it, as well as if your soil is in need of a bit of extra nutrition. To emphasize the importance of healthy soil, we find it helpful to keep in mind that soil is a key element of how plants gain their nutrition, so if soil is lacking in the proper nutrients then it’s hard for your plants to really flourish.
Inorganic mulch, while lacking the nourishing qualities of organic materials, is a good choice if you’re looking for something that is a bit more hands off, while still being visually pleasing. Inorganic mulch won’t break down as quickly as its organic counterpart, making it a cost effective alternative to other forms of mulch. If you go the inorganic route, you could choose from options like volcanic rock, an assortment of stones, as well as fabrics or plastics.
For Your Mulch Needs, Contact Scott Lewis' Gardening
We recommend going with professionals like Scott Lewis’ Gardening for any mulch work. If it’s improperly laid, mulch can actually cause significant damage to your plants. Because mulch’s main purpose is to prevent water loss through evaporation, if too much is applied too much water will be retained, running the risk of root rot, which usually results in plant death.
Improper mulching often ends up causing the very problems it is supposed to prevent, such as plant diseases and an increase of stress on the plants.
There’s no sense in risking damage to your plants, so give Scott Lewis’ Gardening a call today and let us take care of everything for you. After a consultation to assess your needs, our friendly and experienced staff will get to right to work, so for fast results contact Scott Lewis’ Gardening today!