How much time last year did you spend pulling weeds in your garden? Wouldn’t you rather spend that time enjoying your garden?
Here is a tip: mulch is an effective way to reduce weed growth. It won’t stop weeds completely, but it will dramatically curtail weed growth. And weeds will be much easier to pull from mulch than from bare soil. Mulch is the best way to avoid using weed killers in garden beds.
Weeds need light and warm soil to grow. You need about 3-4 inches of organic mulch to keep most weeds from sprouting. The biggest mistake people make is to apply a layer of mulch that is too thin. That is essentially feeding the weeds.
Organic mulch has a number of other benefits for the garden. It insulates the soil from extremes of hot and cold. It reduces plants’ water needs, so they will be less susceptible to drought stress. This is increasingly important as summers get hotter and dryer.
Mulch feeds the soil over time as it breaks down. It also helps prevent the spread of soil borne disease. And it prevents erosion.
Be careful when laying mulch to pull it a few inches away from the bases of trees and shrubs. Do not pile it up against the trunk.
In Harmony is now applying mulch to our clients’ landscapes. Contact us if you’d like a bid for your yard.
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In this video In Harmony co-owner Ladd Smith explains the types of mulch and their uses.