Mulch More than Pretty Decomp…

mulchMulching is imperative to the healthy growth and longevity of your plants. Laying mulch is great for hydrating your plants and insulating them from harsher elements in extreme conditions. The aesthetic component mulching brings to your flower beds and shrubbery are simply added benefits.

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. Weed growth around your plant will lead to root competition, depriving your plants of the nutrients and water they need to flourish.

The added nutrients mulch provides ideal incubation for all organic growth. It feeds the soil and gives new life as it decays. This effectively encourages microbe growth and shelter for earthworms, which churn the soil and prevents soil compaction. This is fundamental to a healthy root structure because when soil is compacted, it is not possible for it to retain moisture and promote root growth. In addition to this, mulch is also available in a number of bright colors to compliment your garden.

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