Mulching can be a great way to give your yard a polished look that increases curb appeal, but did you know that there are several other benefits to using mulch?
- Helps with weed control – Who doesn’t like less weeds around their plants, flowers, and trees? Mulch acts as a barrier to prevent weeds from growing. Any weed seeds that land on the mulched area have a difficult time establishing themselves in the soil. Weed seeds already in the soil have a difficult time sprouting because the sunlight can’t penetrate below the mulch.
- Helps control pests – Organic mulches like cocoa bean shells are offensive to some types of insects. Cedar bark can repel certain pests because the oil in the bark is a natural insect repellent.
- Helps plants and trees through weather extremes – Mulch acts as a barrier during hot and cool weather and keeps the soil temperature more consistent. It also helps the soil retain moisture during dry times and prevents soil erosion during wet periods.
- Helps keep your plants cleaner – Since the soil is covered, this reduces the amount of dirt rain splashes on your plants keeping them looking nice.
- Helps maintain soil nutrients – Organic mulch actually adds nutrients to the soil when it begins to decompose. Both non-organic and organic mulches help keep the soil from eroding, and since there is less eroding, the soil will not lose as many important nutrients.