Mulch is a groundcover product made from tree bark and wood chips that is common both in residential homes and commercial centers. No one can deny that a mulch covering on a garden or planting display can provide great aesthetics to your landscape, but this is only one of the perks. Mulch isn’t just designed to improve the look of your landscaping, but to promote the health of your plants in several ways. Let’s look at three other ways mulch makes everything better.
Mulch Helps Your Plants Stay Cool (or Warm)
Mulch acts as an insulating buffer for soil and the plants – and their roots – within. It helps reduce evaporation by shielding soil moisture from the sun, allowing you to water less. Mulch also can help regulate the soil temperature, helping plants avoid sudden shocks of hot or cold temperature spikes.
Mulch Provides Nutrients to Your Garden
While mulch can come in a variety of forms, depending on the type of tree used, fineness of the grind, etc., it will start providing to the nutrients in your garden as it breaks down. Mulch contributes carbon, nitrogen, and trace elements can help your garden grow.
Mulch Acts as a Barrier to Weeds
Your garden is a place where things grow, and not always what you want. Mulch acts as a barrier for weeds and other growths like fungus by providing a layer that blocks seeds and spores from landing on the fertile ground, as well as keeping them in the dark. Likewise, if you put down another barrier, such as landscaping fabric, mulch provides a good covering that isn’t as susceptible to weeds as a topsoil cover.