The 3 Most Important Features You Need to Know About Mulch

Mulch – everyone knows that it makes your bedding plants and trees look nicer. All it takes is one glance at a yard with beautifully placed mulch to recognize how tidy the yard appears. But, mulch as many benefits and there are techniques necessary and helpful to know about it.

In fact, because mulch is so accessible and seemingly obvious as a “finishing touch” to a landscaped. Many of the most important aspects of mulch are unknown and underutilized. Furthermore, you may be missing out on how much it benefits your yard by not understanding or learning the important features of mulch.

The best part of this education is that it is very streamlined. In fact, there are really only three things you need to know about mulch. These three aspects are quite easy to understand, retain and apply. So, when spring approaches – for those of you in seasonal climates – you’ll be ready to get the most out of your landscaping and your mulch by learning and applying the following.

Here are the 3 most important things you need to know about mulch.

Mulch provides many benefits. It prevents soil compaction and it acts as a conditioner for your soil.  In addition, mulch attracts earthworms and other aerators that are natural. If you’re familiar with the importance of nutrients, you’ll recognize the value of mulch in its feature of adding nutrients like phosphorus, nitrogen, potassium and similar trace elements to the soil.  And, as these benefits aren’t enough, much provides an excellent method for recycling yard waste.

There are two different kinds of mulch. This gives you two options that offer different characteristics. Mulch can be composed of either organic or inorganic materials.

Organic mulch is composed of materials such as shredded leaves, pine needles, wood chips, shredded bark, or straw. You can also use cocoa bean and or corncobs that have been ground or even lawn clippings. Each of these is considered organic.

Inorganic mulch is not as clearly distinguished or defined. In fact, because of the wide range of colors, costs, and varieties, it’s best to reach out to a professional landscaper for a consultation on which type of inorganic mulch may work out best for your particular garden.

The mulching process is not as simple as shoveling it into place. Don’t overdo it. Furthermore, once mulch has been added to the soil in a layer, just leave it be. Don’ remove it unless you want your oil to become dried out. In fact, if you disturb the layer of mulch you’ve just placed, you can potentially injure your plants’ roots.

Different times of year require a different method of mulching. The layer you place in the spring after you’ve confirmed that the ground has thoroughly thawed should be two inches thick. Then, put on another layer in the fall. But do so after you’ve verified that the ground is frozen. This is how mulch acts as an insulator.

Don’t make one of the most common mulching errors – don’t create a mound of mulch around your trees. Doing this – contrary to what you think is what is supposed to be done – can promote disease, bark rot and attract pests.

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