Mulch gives your lawn a clean finished look, but did you know that mulch is very beneficial to your plants and soil. Here are a few good reasons to mulch:
-Reduce surface evaporation from the soil
-Improve water penetration and air movement
-Moderate soil temperature fluctuations
-Protect shallow-root plants from freeze damage and frost-heave
-Discourage weed growth
-Improve soil structure and nutrient availability as they decompose
The choices for mulch in the landscape are endless. Stone, wood based products, and even synthetic mulches are available now. Pebble or rock-based stone products can be a good choice for mulching around large established landscape areas – that might include large to medium ornamental grasses, trees and shrubs. They allow water to get through easily and do not have to be replaced year after year. Just remember with stone – the added maintenance of weeding can become more difficult, and you want to use it in areas where the plants will not need constant soil improvement.
Shredded Wood based products are by far the most commonly available, and can range from finely shredded to large nugget chunks. Some of the best choices are the shredded hardwoods that add organic material to the soil as they break down, and come in a wide range of colors.
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