Mulch: At first glance, it may not seem like much more than groundcover, but it plays a big role in the health of your trees, shrubs, and flower beds. It also makes an overall impact on the look of your yard.
If you’re like many homeowners, mulch is one of those things you never gave much thought to. But we think mulch is one of the most critical parts of any healthy home landscape. Learn some of the key reasons why in this blog.
The first thing people notice about mulch is that it looks great. This is absolutely true. Adding a fresh bed of mulch around your trees and shrubs or around flower beds creates a nice, clean look. But that’s not the primary benefit it provides.
The value of mulch
Adds valuable organic matter to your soil
As the mulch slowly breaks down over time, it deposits its own organic matter into the soil below, which makes it healthier and more resistant to pests and disease.
Helps retain moisture in the soil
This helps keep roots moist, prevents evaporation by shielding the soil from the sun, and minimizes runoff during rain or watering.
Regulates soil temperature
It is a good natural insulator, so mulch is able to keep soil cooler in summer and warmer in the winter. This is healthier for plants of all kinds.
Helps keep weeds out
While no one likes looking at weeds in their garden, the real reason they are so undesirable is that their roots end up competing with your flowers and shrubs for valuable nutrients.
Improve soil health by limiting compaction
Compacted soil is one of the most common detriments to root growth and regular mulching has been shown to limit soil compaction considerably.
One of the most common questions regarding mulch is how often should it be applied? Generally, every two years is a good rule of thumb. When the mulch starts to look thin and the soil is clearly visible throughout the applied area, it’s a sure sign that mulch needs to be reapplied. In these cases, the mulch has been depleted of its valuable nutrients and is no longer serving as an adequate groundcover.
At SunCo, we have two mulching services. One is with a Landscaping install. The other is ala carte service under Maintenance services. Some customers may want a clean up of their landscaping beds first (weeds, twigs, leaves), then a mulch refresh.
If you would like to learn more about mulching or would like to schedule a mulching service for your landscape, Call 402.972.8603 or