Have you installed a fresh layer of much this Spring?
Laying down mulch every spring is one of the most important things that the discerning landscaper can do. Mulching yearly, and specifically in the spring is important for four reasons: conserving moisture, reducing weed growth, increasing soil fertility, and of course, beautifying your lawn or garden. Surprised? And you thought mulch was just for looks. In fact; all plants need water to survive, and mulching drastically increases the amount of water that your plants have access to. Without mulching, plants get their fill of water and then leave excess water to evaporate, completely wasting it. With a layer of mulch protecting the roots of your plants, water is trapped in and under the mulch to be used as the plant needs it, thus reducing your watering costs as well.
Though all plants need water, all plants also need sunlight, including weeds. Mulching prevents weeds from getting any! Mulching significantly decreases unwanted plant growth even in areas especially prone to weeds, because even though the weeds may get water, they cannot get the required sunlight to grow. This not only improves the look of your shrubbery beds but also saves you money. Weed control can add hundreds of dollars to your monthly yard maintenance costs and in some cases may completely ruin a flower bed. Removing an entire bed and replanting it can get very pricey or in DYI cases, labor intensive and time consuming.
Besides increasing water availability and preventing weeds, spring mulching also increases soil fertility. Heat from the Sun along with its harmful UV rays can cause soil to dry out and lose nutrients required for growth. Mulching ensures that moisture is shared between plants and soil as well as ensuring that nutrients remain trapped in the soil as erosion is minimized.
Yes, it’s beautiful
Finally, as you know beautification of one’s garden must also be considered. Our Landscaping Specialists will work with you to find mulch that matches not only the needs of you and your garden, but also your aesthetic tastes.
For more information on spring mulching, or any of your landscaping needs, please contact us by phone at (757) 235-2559 or by e-mail at [email protected].