Where You Need Mulch and Why

With warmer weather in the forecast, weekends can be spent working to make yard the best looking on the block. If you lack landscaping expertise and want to make your yard look its best as quickly and easily as possible, we have an overview of mulch types and the many uses of mulch. This task is required every few years – so if it’s time for your flower beds – The Grounds Guys is here to help.

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Mulch 101

Mulching your yard is important for a few reasons. Mulch helps to prevent weeds from growing by literally suffocating them. Putting mulch in your yard also helps keep your soil from drying out; it helps regulate the temperature of the soil when the weather is at extremes. Finally, mulch helps add curb appeal to the front of your home.

There are a few places you can add mulch in your yard:

  • Around the shrubs
  • Surrounding flowers
  • At the base of your trees.

If you garden, plan on using organic mulch. A good rule of thumb for mulching is to make it five to seven centimeters thick. This will help provide structure, but not suffocate the plant. If you are mulching around a tree, make sure to leave two to five centimeters from the trunk to provide breathing room.

Types of Mulch

There are two types of mulch: organic and inorganic. Both types have a purpose and are typically selected based on gardening or landscape design projects.

Organic mulch: This mulch typically works best when gardening or if you plan on planting flowers or new shrubs before it is time to mulch again. Organic mulch is great because it decomposes naturally over time; however, this type can blow away easily if placed in an area exposed to high wind. Here are some examples of organic mulch:

  • Wood chips
  • Compost
  • Leaves
  • Bark

Inorganic mulch: This mulch alternative works well if you want to give your property a more contemporary look. These mulch options are not as ideal for plants as organic mulch; however, they are great for preventing weeds. Here are some examples of inorganic mulch:

  • Rubber
  • Crushed marble
  • Landscaping fabric
  • Stones

There are many different types of mulch, and each has their own pros and cons. If you are unsure of what mulch would be best for your home or office, contact The Grounds Guys in your area to request service!

For Further Reading:

Build a Backyard Paradise

Ultimate Spring Cleanup Guide

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