How Does Mulch Benefit My Garden?

Benefits of mulch

Mulch benefits your garden

What Is Mulch?

Mulch is material placed over the soil in your garden. Typically, you add mulch in the spring and fall.

Mulching your gardens is both beautiful and functional. It increases the aesthetic value of your property, prevents weeds from taking over, stabilizes and insulates the soil, and adds important nutrients back to your garden, promoting healthier, more beautiful flowers.

Mulch is especially effective for helping to stabilize new plants. You can mulch around trees and shrubs, and walkways.

Why Do I Need Mulch in My Garden?

Beautiful and functional, mulch is extremely versatile and serves a crucial role in maintaining healthy gardens.

The many benefits of mulch:

  • Increases the aesthetic value of your property
  • Suppresses weeds
  • Retains moisture
  • Stabilizes the soil
  • Adds organic matter to the soil
  • Minimizes the frigid temperatures over the winter

When you are getting your property ready for the growing season this spring, don’t forget the mulch. Many homeowners like to include mulch as part of their spring preparation because it is a simple, effective way to prevent weeds and it looks great!

Where Should I Get My Mulch?

Where you get your mulch matters.

Big box stores, like Lowes or Home Depot, might have great deals on mulch, but knowing where your mulch comes from matters. Greenwise uses locally sourced mulch. That means it’s more sustainable, decreases your carbon footprint, and vastly reduces the spread of disease. Mulch from the big box stores could potentially be from diseased trees in South Carolina. That means, you are introducing diseases from across state lines to your garden. And no one wants that.

What Does Good Mulch Look Like?

The finer and darker the mulch, the better. The finer the grind, the more decomposed it is and returns more nutrition to the landscape.

Greenwise uses triple ground hardwood. The more a mulch is grounded, the more it’s like a beautiful, rich compost for your garden. Through grounding, mulch gets aged like a light compost. Greenwise also uses leaf mulch. Just like it sounds, leaf mulch is made up of leaf debris and branches. Leaves contain important nutrition, and when we put them back into the garden as mulch, they complete the nutrition cycle.

What Are the Different Types of Mulch?

Triple ground, premium hardwood mulch is our standard for garden beds and most projects. It is aged and partially composted to ensure readily available nutrients. This rich, chocolate brown mulch makes every garden look complete.

Leaf mulch is the best choice when choosing a mulch for vegetable beds or to improve the quality of the soil. Leaf mulch breaks down quickly, increase soil fertility and draws worms and other beneficial organisms to your garden.

Playground mulch is specifically screened for size and consistency to produce a more durable, woody product ideal for pathways and play areas.

How Much Mulch Do I Need?

If you have never mulched before, Greenwise recommends 2-3” of mulch at the most. Over mulching is bad and can suppress plant material. If you have mulched in the past season, you can simply refresh your mulch by adding an inch or two.

Be careful not to mulch excessively. Volcano mulching around shrubs and tree trunks can lead to basal decay and encircling roots.

When you install mulch, consider adding composts and garden fertilizers, which can maximize the mulch’s effectiveness.

Questions? We are here to help. Please call us at 847.866.1930 or visit our website.

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