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Mulch can help your plants thrive

Posted at 9:56 AM, Apr 02, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-02 10:14:44-04

As you begin to plan your spring landscaping, mulch can help your plants thrive so don’t forget to consider your options.

Benefits of mulch

  • Completes the look of your yard or flower bed
  • Acts as a natural weed control
  • Maintains moisture levels in your soil, protecting from over and under watering
  • Acts as a barrier to fluctuating temperatures that can damage your plants
  • Plant-based mulch adds nutrients back into the soil as it decomposes

Types of mulch

  • Leaves or grass clippings decompose quickly and enrich the soil
  • Bark is decorative, decomposes slowly and adds nutrients to the soil
  • Wood chips are decorative, decompose quickly and add nutrients to the soil
  • Stones or pebbles are decorative but not beneficial to the soil like plant-based mulch, but won’t have to be replaced every year

Having success with mulch

  • Protect the yard around your planting bed with edging
  • For new plants, shrubs or trees, install them in the soil before you add mulch and allow plenty of room to grow. Adding mulch retains water.
  • When adding new mulch to a perennial planting bed, remove the old layer so you don’t cause rot, starve from nutrients or kill them.
  • Mulch should never be more than three inches thick in a planting bed
  • For mature plants, shrubs or trees, clear mulch away from a four-inch area around each plant base to prevent too much water and rot.