The Benefits of Mulching

May 28, 2020
May 28, 2020 satlandscape

The Benefits of Mulching

mulching flower bed with pine tree bark mulch

Mulching is one of the best things you can do for your garden and can provide a variety of benefits. Mulch is any material, organic or inorganic, that is placed on top of your garden or landscape’s soil. It is an essential part of maintaining your outdoor space’s health and can lower the amount of upkeep needed. Learn all about mulching with SAT Landscape today!

Retain Moisture- One of the primary uses of mulch is to conserve moisture. Mulch helps protect your soil from the sun, slowing evaporation and keeping water where it should be. This helps keep your plants hydrated and growing!

Prevent Weeds- Weeds are a perpetual problem in every garden, there are ways to reduce their growth. A 2-3 inch layer of mulch helps to naturally suppress weed growth by blocking their access to sunlight. 

Improve Your Soil- Your soil has a direct effect on your plant’s health. Nutrient-rich soil causes better and more consistent growth. Mulches made from organic materials improve your soil as they break down by introducing additional nutrients and useful by-products back into the dirt. 

Regulate Temperature- Temperature fluctuations are particularly damaging to plants, especially in the spring and fall as the temperature hovers right around freezing. Mulch acts as an insulator, mitigating those temperature changes and protecting new plantings from the cold. 

Improves Curb Appeal- in addition to all the other benefits of mulch, it also helps improve your curb appeal! Mulch adds a beautiful, rich color to your garden, creating a manicured look that adds cohesion to your entire property. There are a variety of different colors to choose from, so you’re sure to find the perfect mulch to match your home. 

Mulching can be extremely beneficial, but it needs to be used correctly! There are several pitfalls to avoid so you get the most out of your mulch. 

Don’t Apply Too Much- Too much mulch is going to hinder plant growth and cause a variety of problems. Wood-based mulches, when applied too heavily, are susceptible to drying out if not properly maintained. This can also result in fungal growth. Over-mulching can also make it more difficult for water to penetrate and reach your plant’s roots and can suffocate your plants. 

Don’t Place Mulch Directly on Plant Crowns or Tree Bases- Mulch that is placed directly against plants or trees can actually do more harm than good. As mulch is particularly good at retaining moisture, it can actually encourage the development of diseases that thrive in moisture, such as crown rot. Be sure to leave a few inches of exposed dirt between the mulch and the base of your plants. 

Mulch is a great way to protect your home garden and encourage plant growth At SAT Landscaping, we can provide that next step. We have been serving Columbus and Central Ohio since 1978, and have over 40 years of landscaping experience and lawn care services. Whether you need help with landscape design, sod and seeding, tree and shrub installation, or more, we can help you get your dream yard. Contact us today to learn more!