Mulching your landscape has several useful purposes. Mulch can add texture and contrast to your landscape. More importantly, the use of mulch aids in keeping your plants healthy by retaining soil moisture and regulating soil temperature.
The Color of Mulch can greatly enhance the colors in your landscape. Dark black Midnite mulch tends to provide more contrast, making your plants and flowers pop out at you. The lighter shade of Hardwood Mulch give your landscape a more natural look. Mulch gives your landscape a uniform look.
Mulching for healthier plants is vital for several reasons. Using mulch around your plants or in a flower bed helps the plant by retaining water. It also shades the root systems of the plant from the heat of the day. This is especially important during the hot summer months. As the mulch breaks down over time, it adds important nutrients to the soil that will be used by your plants.
Mulching your Bed or plant is simple. Before you mulch a bed or plant, add a pre-emergent containing treflan to the area to be mulched. This will stop any weed or grass seeds from germinating in the desired area. You can also use this pre-emergent after you have finished mulching by spreading it out over the mulch (see instructions on product for amount to be used). Spread out the mulch in the bed being careful to keep the mulch off the leaves as much as possible. Also, be sure to keep the mulch 2-3 inches away from the trunks of your plants. It’s recommended that a 3 inch layer of mulch be used in the bed you’re working on. You can rake out the mulch or use your hands to get a nice even look to the bed.