There are a number of good reasons why mulch, which is any material that covers the soil’s surface for protection, has been utilized for agricultural, gardening and landscaping purposes for centuries.
The visual benefit of mulching your commercial landscape is the aesthetic value, adding to your curb appeal and reducing weed growth in plant beds. Mulch can be a great option for low-maintenance coverage of high-traffic areas where turf struggles to remain healthy.
By using natural mulches like tree bark, wood chips, pine straw or hay, and even peat moss, there’s a beneficial impact that may not be immediately apparent in the form of:
- Erosion control – keeping the soil where it belongs instead of blowing away with the strong winds or washing away every time it rains.
- Water retention – slowing the rate of moisture evaporation to keep your plats better hydrated, resulting in water conservation.
- Temperature control – protecting tender root systems from stress by keeping the soil cooler in the summer heat and preventing frost injury in the frigid winter temperatures.
- Improved soil health – by feeding important microbes back into the soil as the organic material breaks down, enhancing nutrients, reducing soil compaction and removing the residual effects of pesticides, fertilizers and heavy metals.
- Weed prevention – making it harder for weeds to grow by keeping light from reaching the soil surface.
Mulch is, in fact, a true powerhouse of sustainability, with environmental studies showing that it actually has the potential to substantially reduce the effects of climate change through soil temperature regulation.
Proper Mulch Application Is Critical
Since mulch is so vital to landscaping, proper application is critical. And while it seems simple enough, there are some things to know about mulching to prevent unintentional damage to your trees, shrubs, flowers and other plants.
For instance, it should be applied the proper distance away from tree trunks and plant stems, because it can be suffocating and cause disease and rot.
The depth is also important and depends largely on the matter itself, as well as the size and consistency of mulching material you’re using.
Even the time of year is a factor when it comes to mulching correctly.
Trust Your Mulching Project To The Professionals
As we mentioned earlier, mulches come in a variety of different materials, which can include everything from tree bark, wood chips, pine straw or hay, rubber and other synthetic materials, stones and even peat moss.
Choosing the right match for your property’s needs is something that either requires a lot of research on your part, or a landscape management professional who already has the expertise.
With nearly four decades of experience in landscaping, you may want to just leave it in the capable hands of your local U.S. Lawns commercial landscape management specialists. We’ll come and walk your property with you, make recommendations, form a plan of action, and get your mulching project done when and how it should be.
So, if there’s one landscape improvement you invest in this year, make it mulch. Your curb appeal will improve dramatically, and the health of your flora depends on it. Get a free proposal now, or in touch with us to learn more about our complete suite of commercial landscaping services!