Why You Should Start Mulching Your YardIs the soil in your yard dry or full of weeds? Are the plants you’ve so lovingly tended in your garden starting to look dehydrated and scraggly? There’s an easy solution to all these common lawn maintenance problems: mulching.
What Is Mulching?Mulch is a layer of material that you put down over the soil in your yard and around your plants. This layer can be made of many different types of substances, both natural and artificial.
Its main purpose is to retain moisture, but it has several other benefits as well. Such as helping keep weed's and grass suppressed, and offering a clean appearance! The process of laying down and maintaining the mulch is what we commonly call - surprise! - mulching.
What Are The Benefits Of Mulching?Other than locking precious moisture within the soil, mulch also:
1. Discourages weeds from growing. Say goodbye to all those horrible looking weeds that are just an eyesore in your otherwise lovely yard. A nice, well spread out layer of mulch helps prevent the weeds from sprouting above the soil.
2. Promotes the growth of your plants. A generous layer of mulch around the plants you actually want to grow - the ones you planted yourself with lots of planning and a tender hand - seals moisture in the soil. That moisture helps keep your precious plants alive and thriving.
3. Prevents the soil in your yard from eroding. Wind, rain, and other forces of nature can slowly erode your good, healthy soil away. Mulching prevents this from happening so you can keep the soil where it belongs: in your lawn and garden.
4. Saves you time and money on watering's. Because mulch is so effective at keeping moisture in the soil, mulched soil requires fewer watering's. This also means cutting back on your sprinklers duration, which instantly drops your water bill!.
5. Creates an aesthetically pleasing, neat, and tidy yard. You don’t have to use mulch just for preserving your plants or the soil. You can also use it to design pathways or use it to create interesting accents on the ground. You don’t have to stick with just one type of mulch either; mix and match them to your heart’s content to create the yard you've always wanted.
What Are The Different Types Of Mulch?Mulch comes in two basic categories: organic and inorganic. Which type you choose may depend on what look you’re going for, what fits your budget, and how concerned you are about keeping things in your yard that are not bio degradable.
Below is a list of some of the different types of organic mulch you may want to consider for your lawn.
Here is a list of inorganic mulches:
- Brick Chips