Spring is here, and while many of us are stuck at home, it’s the perfect time to get those honey-do lists under wraps. One item that homeowners often questions the necessity of is mulch. Does my Newton, MA, landscaping really need fresh mulch each spring?
Although every other year is generally sufficient for laying down new mulch, adding a thin layer every year doesn’t hurt! Mulch provides many benefits for your garden and shrubs. A few of these benefits are aesthetics, sustenance for your garden, and easier maintenance. Here’s a more in-depth look at the benefits mulch will provide your landscape.
One of the most apparent benefits of mulching gardens and pathways is the aesthetic value it provides. Let’s face it; the difference between a freshly mulched landscape and neglected one is noticeable. A well-mulched bed, no matter what color or size the mulch is, provides curb appeal. This leads us to another point – mulch comes in a variety of colors to perfectly match your environment. From light pine to red, even dark browns, there’s an option for everyone.
Another aspect of the aesthetics is mulch is the trimmed look it provides. When properly executed, walkways and garden beds are trimmed before mulch is laid. Digging down 2-3 inches allows for a clean edge that keeps the mulch in place.
If you choose to lie your mulch every other year, there is maintenance involved. To get the most from the mulch, grab a pair of gardening gloves and “fluff” the bed from the year before. This task helps to loosen the roots for easy weed removal, as well as provide your walkways a fresh, clean look.
However, mulching does more than helping your garden look nice; it also helps your garden keep healthy. Beyond holding heat and moisture, mulch helps to slow weed growth. When the soil is in an area away from other weeds, the weeds will have a harder time spreading and entering the area. Mulch also helps retain moisture so you won’t have to water your plants as often. Finally, mulch protects the surface from erosion so the soil won’t erode from watering or heavy rain.
Different mulches provide different health benefits. The primary benefit of mulch is nitrogen and other natural nutrients. Decomposition means that over time, your mulch will need to be replaced. However, mulch will release nutrients into the soil, providing an excellent trade-off. By maintaining your mulch, you’ll receive the most benefits in all aspects!
For all of your landscaping needs in Newton, MA, and surrounding towns, give our team at Cataldo Landscaping a call today. From mulching to complete lawn care, we have the experience and dedication to take your yard to new levels! Contact us at 781.304.8900.