Here at Mulch-It, we are proud to be your source for quality mulch, but we are also happy to share tips on mulching itself. In this article, we will go over how to mulch your garden with some tips on what to do and what not to do. We will also review the frequency of mulching. If you have any questions or concerns, or if you need to order some quality mulch or compost soil, then call Mulch-It to speak with a friendly representative. You are also welcomed to visit our location to inspect our products and pick up.
What Is Mulch?
Let’s start from the basics. What is mulch? Mulch is any material that is applied on top of soil. This can be organic, inorganic, or even living material. Common materials are bark, woodchips, straw, gravel, pebbles, and shredded rubber. Gardeners and landscapers value mulch because it protects soil, improves soil quality, and adds an aesthetic touch to the area.
Mulch protects soil from the harsh temperatures, both hot and cold, and keeps the soil at a steady temperature. It also protects against weeds by smothering them. Adding a healthy layer of mulch retains moisture, saving on water bills and saving you from frequent watering. If you opt for organic mulch, the soil and earthworms will enjoy added nutrients as the mulch decomposes. You can spruce up your landscape with a variety of colors and textures of mulch.
Adding mulch is not rocket science by any means, but there are some calculations to make. Before you apply mulch, make sure the area is prepared. This means removing weeds and raking out the surface of the soil to level the ground. If there is existing mulch, then use a rake to turn the mulch as it might be overly compact. Finally, thoroughly water the soil before applying mulch.
Now that the area is ready, you can apply and spread the mulch. Use your hands or a spade to add some mulch. Mulch is made to protect your soil, but too much mulch can suffocate your plants. We do not recommend adding more than three inches of mulch. You also want to mulch the soil, NOT the trunks of shrubs and trees. This means you should leave some space for the trunks to breathe. Adding mulch against the trunk can moisten it and lead to rotting, insect and disease infestations, and girdling roots.
Once you have applied one to three inches of mulch without suffocating the trunks, you can water the mulch lightly to help it settle.
When to Apply Mulch?
The most popular time to lay mulch is in the early spring when weeds are preparing to germinate. This is also a preferable time of the year because mulch makes the most of the rainfall and gives plants an extra boost during their favorite season. If you really want to make your plants happy, then use quality mulch. Your friends at Mulch-It have a healthy selection of natural mulch. Call now or visit our location to get your hands on some of the best mulch in the area.