For many people, mulch is an afterthought. They spend most of their time thinking about and planning the actual plants in the garden or the shape they want their trees and bushes to have. But mulch does more than just clean-up the look of your beds (though it certainly does that too). Mulch is an important step in keeping your plants healthy and safe from the harsher elements of the seasons. Read on for the lowdown on mulch, including the best time to lay it.
Mulch Is Beautiful
The main reason most people want to mulch is that it looks really nice. A fresh layer of mulch around beds and in gardens makes the whole landscape look tidy and well-tended, instantly. Adding mulch is an easy way to make the whole picture look better without a lot of work. You can even get it in an assortment of colors, including red and black, to really add some visual interest and depth.
Mulch Is Practical
As we stated earlier, mulch is about a lot more than just beauty. Mulch also does a lot of work in your garden. A good layer of mulch can help the ground retain moisture, so that plant roots are moist and happy, and it can protect those same roots from the scorching heat in summer and from the bitter cold in winter. It can also block the sunlight from getting to weeds and nourishing them, so you have fewer to pull up during the season. Mulch also can help keep your topsoil in place so that the rain doesn’t wash it all away. Organic mulch also breaks down over time and provides additional nutrients to the soil.
Mulch Goes Down Twice A Year
In this region, you should mulch twice a year, in the spring and fall. The most important time to mulch is in the early spring, to get the most benefit from it. In late February or early March, start by pruning back plants and grasses and neatening up garden beds, then spread a 1-2 inch thick layer of mulch. This will help the beds retain moisture and keep weeds to a minimum all summer. In the fall, spread a thin layer as needed to beds where the mulch has thinned out.
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, the trained professionals at Lehnhoff’s Supply are here to help you. Find us at 2708 Belair Road, Fallston, MD 21047 and give us a call at 410-510-7646. For tips, tricks, and to see what we have been up to, be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter!
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