A while ago our lawn care and landscaping experts talked about proper summer tree care and mulching was part of that conversation. Our readers were interested in finding out more about mulch and its correct applications on the property. Today, our lawn care Milford, CT experts and their landscaping Trumbull, CT colleagues want to share their tips and knowledge on mulching with you.
What is Mulch Exactly?
Mulch is defined as any layer of material used to cover the ground in order to protect it. We have talked about the 3-3-3 rule you need to follow when you lay the mulch on the soil surface, but today we will get into more details.
Mulch can be organic or synthetic and there is a huge difference between them:
- Organic mulch – it is made of natural materials, including grass clippings, shredded leaves and bark, chopped twigs, straws, newspaper shreds, manure, compost, salt hay and so on.
- Inorganic mulch can be made of stone or gravel, landscape fabric or black plastic among others.
Organic mulch decomposes and is quickly absorbed by the soil, contributing to the roots’ systems fertilization. Inorganic mulch doesn’t have to be replaced – it protects the plants from heat and weeds, but it doesn’t feed them. Your lawn care Milford, CT team can help you decide between organic and inorganic mulch or advise you to use both depending on the vegetation’s needs.
What Do You Have to Know About Organic Mulch?
Depending on its ingredients, organic mulch can also be categorized into two main varieties:
- Moist, grassy mulch – this organic product you can make on your own in your back yard contains moister and more fertile materials such as grass clippings, manure, seaweed, shredded leaves, and straws and so on. This is the preferred type of mulch to use in summer as it acts as a powerful fertilizer, feeding the soil while keeping it cool and safe from weeds and pests. This type of mulch needs regular replacements as it decomposes quite fast.
- Hard, dryer mulch – dry organic mulch is usually made of bark and shredded twigs – it doesn’t decompose fast and while it has a decorative and protective purpose (just like inorganic mulch), it doesn’t properly feed the soil.
What Are the Main Roles of Mulch on a Property?
Mulch has plenty of roles on a property and its type depends plenty on the plants you want to protect.
- Moister mulch can be laid in flower beds, around trees, bushes, shrubs and in vegetable gardens to fertilize the soil, keep them cool against heat and sunlight, and protect them from pests, weeds and unintentional accidents caused by gardening tools.
- Dryer mulch also keeps the soil cool and is a great blocking mechanism against weeds, pests, wildlife, gardening tools and so on.
- All types of mulches have an intrinsic decorative purpose. Some mulch types come in an interesting color palette, adding contrast, texture and depth to your landscape.
Ask your lawn care Milford, CT experts to offer you more advice on mulching and have your property thriving healthily and beautifully.