Landscape Mulch is one of the best things you can do for your landscaping beds in Bluffton SC. This is the act of placing a protective barrier (mulch) around your plants and over your bare soil. This protective barrier can be made up of a variety of decomposing organic materials. These materials include bark or wood chips (from various tree species), pine needles, straw, and cocoa bean shells, or non decomposing, non-organic materials such as black plastic, landscaping fabric, recycled tires, pebbles, and river rock.
The advantages of mulching are vast, but we will just talk about 6 of the biggest advantages.
Mulch Controls Pests
Using certain types of landscape mulch, such as cedar mulch or nuggets, can deter certain pests. For example, cedar bark has natural oils that act as insect repellent. Be careful though, some mulches can encourage insects to flock to your garden and sometimes your house, so be sure to research which type of mulch will best suit your needs.
Regular, yearly installation of landscape mulch will limit the amount of weeds that spring up in the open spaces of your landscape beds or garden. Mulch acts as a barrier which limits the amount of sunlight and air that can help weeds grow.
Improves Soil Nutrients
Mulch keeps nutrients in the soil from being washed away with the rain. It also releases nutrients into the soil if you are use organic materials. When mulch decomposes, the organic material slowly seeps into the soil.
Prevents Soil Erosion
Mulch keeps water trapped in the soil as well as keeping rainwater from washing away your soil. It breaks the fall of the water and therefore lessening the force when the water impacts the ground.
Organic mulch absorbs water. Mulch covers the soil and limits evaporation. Retaining moisture during hot, dry seasons will help your plants as well as your water bill. The habit of mulching yearly in Bluffton, SC will dramatically help your landscape beds.
A common error is that mulch is piled up against the bottom of shrubs and plants. This practice can lead to fungus or insect issues. We generally suggest 2″-3″ of mulch for your landscape beds.
Using mulch for landscape beds will encourage earthworms to occupy your soil. And as any good landscaper in Bluffton will tell you, earthworms help improve the soil for your plants and shrubs.