Sunday, May 19, 2013

Why you should mulch your landscape beds

Mulch can provide a range of benefits for plants in landscape beds.

1. Mulch reduces evaporation from the soil surface and helps to ensure that water reaches plant roots instead of going back into the atmosphere.
2. Mulch reduces the soil temperature helping to protect the plant roots from being damaged.
3. As mulch decomposes it adds organic matter to the soil. This aids in the soil’s ability to retain plant nutrients such as potassium, magnesium, calcium and iron.
4. Mulch can help to control weeds, reducing the need for herbicides or hand-weeding.
5. Mulch can provide a buffer between mowers and string trimmers reducing the chance of damage to trees and other ornamental plants.
6. Mulch can improve the contrast between landscape beds and lawn providing a cleaner-looking edge.
Mulch can help landscapes look better as well as protecting plants
from wilting and overheating and having to compete against weeds.   

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