How Mulch Not Only Boosts Your Landscape’s Aesthetic But Soil Health Too!

by | Jun 28, 2023 | Mulch

In landscaping, mulch can be added as a decorative element to coat the outline of a flowerbed or the dirt underneath a tree. Especially with many varying colors, sizes, and overall variations, mulch is a popular choice for extending the beauty of the landscape.  However, mulch's aesthetics go beyond appearance — mulch helps enhance soil health, stimulate plant growth, and sustains your lawn or garden under the abrasive heat of summer. Mulch has several environmental benefits, such as retaining water/moisture, smothering pesky weeds, and is ideal for gardening practices. Learn more about how mulch can aid in boosting your lawn’s health this summer and how to integrate it into your landscape design easily. Why is Mulch Important to Your Landscape? Mulch refers to any material applied to the soil surface around plants. It works as a protective layer to the landscape by reducing soil erosion, keeping an ideal soil temperature, and conserving moisture to provide the lawn with nutrients; mulch asks a natural shield for your plants, helping them thrive in various weather conditions, especially during extreme weather conditions. Here are a few examples of how mulch can be used during different points of the year. Year-Round Benefits Mulch can be applied to a landscape at any time of the year, making it essential in improving the condition of it. It works as soil insulation, perfect for the colder months when mulch acts as a protective blanket by insulating the soil, preventing it from harm to plant roots due to the weather or fluctuating temperature. It's necessary to add nutrients for the grass to grow. Organic mulches can act as a fertilizer by returning nutrients to the soil. These wood chips, or compost, slowly release essential nutrients into the soil and properly nourish the plants. Mulch also works as erosion control, especially during heavy rains or strong winds throughout the year, which is especially important if your landscape is on an angle or slope, as mulch will keep your landscape intact. Benefits of Mulch This Summer Adding mulch to your landscape adds variety and color while stabilizing soil health. A.R. Lawn specializes in mulch applications for your best Evergreen, Burbank, or Oak Lawn landscape! As mentioned earlier in this blog, mulch takes on the role of a natural insulator, keeping your soil cool during heat waves and droughts during the summer days. This natural protectant protects plant roots from heat stress while minimizing water loss and retaining moisture. Homeowners can enjoy lower water bills because of this, as they can water their plants infrequently while reducing water waste and keeping them hydrated. For example, if you are beginning the gardening process and notice weeds are ravaging the landscape, using a thick layer of mulch can help — it works as a natural weed suppressant to prevent weed growth. Mulch blocks sunlight from reaching weed seeds, reducing competition with other plants in your lawn for nutrients and water. Add mulch around any weed-problem areas. How to Choose the Right Mulch But overall, the process is fairly simple. Consider which types of plants you have, your soil type, the climate you live in, and the aesthetic you want. You can also spruce up the design with different mulch types in different landscape spots. Correct Applications of Mulch You can rely on the A.R. Lawn experts when it comes to premium landscape design done right with beneficial mulch application. Call us today for your Oak Lawn, Evergreen, or Burbank property! To apply your mulch correctly to reap the benefits of mulch, follow these four steps:

  1. Prepare the area: A clean, debris-free area will be best for applying mulch. Remove weeds or other deterrents from the soil and area before applying mulch. Also, configure which areas of the landscape will feature mulch to help direct you during the application.
  2. Thick layers: For proper soil insulation, mulch should be applied at least 2-4 inches thick for homeowners to reap the benefits of weed control and moisture retention.
  3. Leave ample space around plants: Avoid dumping mulch directly onto the base of plants or trees so that they can breathe.
  4. Mulch maintenance: Maintenance can be easy to forget about over time, especially with other contrasting elements in your landscape or garden. As mulch breaks down, it's a good idea to replenish it and never place new mulch over the old mulch to avoid rotting and potential pests.
Designing Your Landscape with Mulch While adding natural beauty to any space, Mulch goes beyond its decorative appeal. It offers soil health and plant growth. Creating an outdoor space that is equally visual and can maintain the environment. Let your plants thrive while adding appeal to your landscape design. Lean on A.R. Lawn for your landscaping needs. Contact us today to see what we can do for your lawn!