1 Mulching prevents moisture loss, therefore extending periods of watering by days, sometimes even byweeks! 2 By shading the soil, mulches inhibit weed growth. What weeds do get through are easy to pull, and weeding will decrease as time goes by. 3 Keeps soil from splashing onto plant leaves, thereby reducing certain diseases. 4 Matching the right mulch to the type of plant or crop can enhance plant growth. 5 Gravel or rock mulches can prevent rainwater run off. Best of all, mulches reduce work and adds a finishing touch to the landscape.
How to use Mulch?
1 A good rule of thumb is to apply mulch at least 2-3 inches deep around the root zone of trees, shrubs, flowers, vegetable gardens, and even to outdoor and indoor container plants. 2 There is no need for weed fabric in your landscaping. Just put down a good layer of mulch and that should keep the weeds down. When you use fabric no matter how hard you try to cover it, it is always showing within a couple of weeks and is very unsightly. If you do have a few weeds just spot spray with round up, being careful not to get any on shrubs or lawn. 3 DO NOT use black plastic as it does not allow the exchange of water and oxygen that plant roots require. Plastics also permit rainwater to runoff the property – you want to retain it! If plastic is already installed you will want to remove it, especially around the perimeter of plants, to allow water to penetrate the feeder roots which will improve the health of plants. 4 Mulching not only protects your landscaping it is an intricate part of you regular lawn maintenance. It is what finishes off your landscaping and can really make your landscape look great!
Different Types of Mulch
Adding New Pine Straw or Mulch is Almost Like Putting a New Paint Job on Your House
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