Approximately 75% of Americans feel that it’s important to spend time in their yard. Meanwhile, 90% of people believe having a well-maintained yard is just as important. Spring is here, and if you are someone who takes pride in lawn care and landscaping, you couldn’t be happier. From tidying up the plant beds to performing those essential spring tree trimming tasks, you’ve crossed mostly everyone off of your checklist. But now, it’s time for mulch.
Mulch serves more than one purpose when it comes to lawn care. Mulch is one of the most popular lawn decorating material choices in the country, but it is so much more than that. In fact, mulch can help to protect your plants and trees by suppressing weeds, helping roots to retain moisture, and to keep soil temperature at a moderate level.
But when embarking on a mulching endeavor, it’s important to understand what you’re doing. Many people harm their plants by adding too much mulch to their yard, resulting in matted ground that prevents root growth. Excessive mulch can also cause trunk rot, creating a home for insects to invade and attack the tree, which encourages the tree to grow a secondary root system. Secondary root systems can make trees’ primary root zones whither, making them vulnerable to droughts. This can not only kill the tree but make it a danger to your home and family, as it is more likely to topple over in the case of heavy wind or snow.
To create a healthy mulch system in your yard, strip off as much of the old much as possible. Then, top dress it with an inch of new mulch. Ultimately, your goal is to have the mulch layer be less than three inches deep.
You have many options when it comes to buying mulch since any organic material can be considered mulch. Many experts believe that the best mulches are compost and rotted wood chips. If you need help finding quality mulch or placing your mulch, look to landscape services for assistance. Landscape services have the knowledge and know-how to place your mulch in a way that’s both effective and aesthetically pleasing. Plus, landscaping can increase the value of your home by as much as 14%.
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