The weather in Maryland is finally starting to warm up a bit more consistently, and the gardeners among us are already setting goals and preparing for the growing season ahead. If your gardening goals include optimizing plant growth and boosting aesthetics, consider adding mulch to the mix! Mulching can keep common garden problems in check and add a neat, polished appearance to flower beds and trees. Whether you are replacing old mulch or you’d like to add mulch to your garden for the first time, visit Lehnhoff’s Supply online or in-store to choose from our wide range of wood and stone mulches!
Benefits of Incorporating Mulch
Mulching has been an important gardening practice for millennia, and gardeners and landscapers today use mulch to take advantage of a few key benefits:
- Mulching can help regulate soil temperature by providing a thick layer of insulation. This allows gardeners to protect fragile plants from temperature fluctuations that can kill them or hamper growth.
- Mulch is often used to keep weeds from taking root, especially when paired with a layer of weed control fabric. A healthy helping of wood or stone mulch keeps most weeds from sprouting and thriving, decreasing the competition your plants will face for light, water, and nutrients.
- One layer of mulch can help your soil retain moisture, reducing the need for constant watering.
- Many homeowners and landscaping professionals love the appearance of shredded wood or natural stone mulch. These materials can add visual contrast and create distinct zones in the garden, especially when paired with garden edging.
- Wood mulch has the added benefit of breaking down slowly over time, introducing nutrients back into the soil.
Which Kind of Mulch is Best for Your Landscape?
Choosing the best mulch for your landscape will likely depend on a few factors, and you may decide to use multiple types throughout your garden. Wood mulches come in various colors and provide a subtle, natural-looking buffer around trees, shrubs, and flower beds. Natural stone comes in countless shapes, sizes, and hues. Homeowners and landscapers can use stone to create the perfect accents for existing architecture, stonework, and plant life, and stone mulch doesn’t need to be replenished regularly as wood mulch does.
Questions? Lehnhoff’s Supply is Here to Help
If you still have more questions about how to best prepare your landscape or garden for spring and summer, the trained professionals at Lehnhoff’s Supply are here to help you.
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