Mulch is simply a protective layer of a material that is spread on top of the soil. While there are a number of options for mulch materials, organic mulch like popular bark chips, will benefit your landscaping in a number of ways including:
• Protecting the soil from erosion
• Conserving moisture allowing you to reduce the frequency of watering.
• Maintaining a more even soil temperature for healthier plants.
• Discouraging weed growth.
• Improving soil conditions by adding nutrients through decomposition.
• Finally, fresh mulching will provide a "finished" look to your garden.
Here are some basic rules to follow when spreading mulch:
1) Prepare the area by loosening the existing soil and pulling weeds. I like to use a rotary cultivator to get things nice and loose.
2) Don't spread mulch all the way to the base of the plant, leave an inch or two of space. This protects the plant or tree from bugs and disease that can be encouraged from excess moister and decomposition.
3) Spread just enough mulch to cover the area without the ground beneath showing through. Typically 2-3 inches of mulch is enough to look great while still doing its job to improve soil conditions and promote healthy plants and trees.
In a nut shell (which by the way can also be used as mulch) mulching is a simple and inexpensive way to make your landscape beautiful while promoting good plant health.
If you have questions about mulching please call Shaun at Cypress Landscape Service 916-622-3308.