Of all the beautiful gardens you’ve seen, they all probably had one common denominator: mulch! Plants and trees can’t help but look luxurious when surrounded by this classic ground material. However, mulching isn’t just a gardening technique used to provide an attractive and tidy finish. You may be surprised to learn that it is quite a multi-tasking product.
Mulch helps root systems survive by insulating them from both hot and cold temperatures. Mulch is typically applied in the springtime to aid plants and soil in the sweltering summertime and then once again in the fall to prepare for possible frost. In hot weather, mulch prevents sunlight from directly hitting the soil, increasing the roots’ temperature and decreasing its moisture. In cold weather, mulch is shielding the still growing roots from cold air.
Mulch is a barrier between your soil and the sun. It prevents the harsh sunlight from evaporating the moisture you pay for when you water your lawn. However, it’s especially helpful in seasons of drought or when you forget to turn on your hose. A plants’ root system is delicate and needs special care even though it’s unseen. When mulch is applied, you can rest assured that your plants’ root systems are being cared for; additionally, you may not need to water your plants every day, since mulch acts as a retainer.
Most of us know that mulch is favored due to its weed inhibitors. Any day we don’t see weeds in the garden is a good day! Preventing access to sunlight will greatly reduce the number of weeds in your garden. An added benefit if they do poke through, however, is that weeds will be so much easier to pull out since the soil will be moist.
Similar to the vitamins our body needs, the soil needs nutrients just as much for the healthy growth of plants. Mulch, which is usually a composition of compost, shredded leaves, wood chips, and manure, provides so many of these rich sources of nutrients that over time get depleted from the soil.
These are just a few reasons why mulching is such an important part of your gardening maintenance. Mulching at proper times of the year is important and Green Pro is here to assist. We’ll make sure all weeds are removed and the ground is loosened before applying a generous layer of mulch to the soil. Call us now to reap the benefits before the hot Tulsa summers are here!