Installing mulch in landscape beds serves several vital purposes. It protects the root systems of plant material from heat and cold damage, retains moisture and reduces watering needs. Mulch also adds valuable nutrients to the soil, reduces weed germination and creates clean, aesthetically pleasing beds areas which allow plants to stand out. Mulches are typically applied at a 1.5” – 2” depth. They can be installed by hand, or blown in. It is important to make sure mulches do not build up around the trunks of trees and shrubs as this can damage them.
New mulch should be installed every one to three years depending on the needs of your site and budget considerations.
There are a few options for which type of mulch to use. A couple of the more common ones are Fertimulch and Bark. Fertimulch is a darker, finer particle and feeds the soil with nutrients as it decomposes. Bark is a larger and lighter brown or red particle, is typically less expensive and controls weeds a bit better than Fertimulch. Personal preference, budget and the needs of the site will help dictate which type is appropriate for your site.
Performing this service regularly will provide perhaps the single most noticeable difference in the look of a site, as well as providing the additional benefits listed above.