Mulch Instrumental to Keeping Plants Hydrated, Healthy

mulchingPlants of all types need water and moisture to survive. Mulch is an important component to keeping your shrubbery hydrated and healthy. Adding mulch actually helps preserve water because it retains water, adding to the water source of a root structure.
Also imperative to plant health are proper temperatures. Extreme temperatures, whether too hot or too cold, could kill your tree and shrubs quicker than dehydration. But adding mulch to the base insulates and helps regulate temperature to incubate healthy growth for strong, healthy roots.
When used without a weed wrap, ironically, mulch prevents weed growth. This is because when the mulch breaks-down and decomposes it blankets soil and decays into the nutrient bank for the plant. When used over a weed wrap, it sits around the plant base and decays at a much slower rate acting as a catchall for spores and seeds. This prevents the seeds from taking root and sprouting. And because weed growth around your plant will lead to root competition, weeds aren’t only unsightly, they also deprive your plants of the nutrients and water they need to flourish.
Any organic matter can serve as mulch. This can include dry leaves, twigs, wood chips, compost, grass clippings, straw, and pretty much anything that grew from the earth and is decaying. That’s because organic decay yields carbon, crucial for moisture retention and sustaining growing roots. So if you want to protect, nourish and regulate temperature for your costly plants and shrubberies, implementing organic mulching practices are your best bet.

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