Mulching remains a crucial activity in creating beautiful, protected landscapes. There are many different types of mulch, some of which are organic and some non-organic. All types of mulch do serve the same purpose though: to protect and improve your landscape. Among some of the commonly used mulches are wood chips, pine needles, grass clippings, and pebbles. If you are one of the many homeowners in Topeka, Lawrence and other surrounding locations of Kansas, wondering, why mulch, Schendel Lawn & Landscape has a list of benefits.
- Soil temperature regulation: Mulch helps to keep the soil cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.
- Organic mulch decays over time and adds nutrients to the soil as it breaks down.
- Mulch helps to avoid the growth of weeds like a protective covering.
- Mulch also prevents the loss of water from soil evaporation which is especially helpful on dry, summer days.
- Spreading mulch protects the surface of soil so water can more efficiently get in. Soil that is exposed to the sunlight and air will crust over time which makes water unable to penetrate as easily.
- Mulch is also more aesthetically pleasing as it creates a uniform look to all of your landscaping.
When selecting your type of mulch, keep in mind the benefits of organic and non-organic mulch before you make a decision. Organic mulch is going to benefit the soil more as it decays over time. But the downside is that you do have to replace the mulch every few years and organic materials could attract pests, which may not be something you are willing to deal with. Non-organic mulch on the other hand lasts a lot longer and does not attract any pest. However, there may be fewer benefits to the soil and it may not fulfill the “natural” look you might be hoping for.
Hopefully you can better understand the benefits and reasons that mulching is such an important part of your landscaping. If you are not a savvy landscaper or just don’t have the time or energy this year, Schendel Lawn & Landscape is ready to take all the work off your hands and help you prepare and landscape your yard for the spring and summer. Contact us today to learn more about our many lawn and landscape maintenance services, including mulching!
Originally Published: 03/11/2012