If you’re looking to grow a lush, healthy, and happy garden this spring, consider taking an all-natural approach. Mulch plays a significant role in influencing not only the growth of healthier plants but the ability to fight off pests and other problems. Let’s take a look at some key benefits of using mulch in your spring planting, in no particular order.
Mulch comes in different varieties, but it usually is comprised of various decomposing organic and non-organic materials. Typical ingredients in mulch include landscaping fabric, recycled tires and rocks, bark and wood chips, and pine needles, just to name some. Combined these ingredients provide your garden with more nutrients than usual, helping to strengthen plants and encourage the best overall health and vibrancy possible.
Weed and Moisture Control
Mulch can behave very much like a barrier of sorts, which can stop weeds in their tracks. This happens by stunting their growth and minimizing their impact on your garden by limiting how much sunlight they can get. Mulch, particularly the organic variety, also helps to absorb more water, reducing the effects of evaporation and helping to retain moisture.
Elements of mulch such as various barks contain natural oils that can behave similarly to a repellant of sorts. This helps to keep unwanted pests out of your garden. Mulches with stronger scents are more effective at deterring pests such as insects and animals, but some can actually cause more harm than good, attracting them instead. We can help you choose the right one!
Protection from Erosion
Mulch has many layers of different organic materials, which helps not only to retain needed moisture but to also protect against erosion. By breaking the fall of rainwater and behaving as a barrier, it keeps your garden protected, free from soil-related erosion issues and less threatened when it pours.
Having a mulch-boosted garden provides you with many benefits – and on top of that, it looks great too! Regardless of whether you’re going for an organic or semi-organic approach, mulch is used in many yards for a reason: It works, and beautifully! For more information on the benefits of mulching, contact us today at Hansen Lawn & Gardens Ltd.