To mulch or not to mulch (and where)

Uncategorized - Apr 16 2018

Mulch is an important element to any garden.  Whether you choose organic or inorganic mulch – if you’re asking yourself the question “to mulch or not to mulch” Elm Landscaping can point you in the right direction.  Mulch helps to prevent weeds, it retains a moisture wall in your soil while regulating its temperature, and it looks great too.

 

 

 


Organic Mulch

There are many varieties of organic materials that can help your garden flourish. Organic products will decompose over time so it will need to be replaced seasonally, however it will add nutrients to the soil to improve its fertility.mulch

  • Bark
  • Compost
  • Grass clippings
  • Newspaper
  • Shredded leaves
  • Composted manure

Organic is the best choice when planting a garden or shrubs.  A good rule is to add a layer about 5-7cm thick to provide structure for your plants without compromising breathing room.

For a rustic look, choose bark especially around trees, shrubs and garden beds. They also make a great trimming for a walk way.  These don’t mix as quickly into the soil so they last longer, but are better suited for use around larger plants rather than a garden where you need to do digging.

Grass clippings and shredded leaved are a great way to use up the natural products generated by your garden. Shredded leaves are good for all over the garden, while grass clipping should be used in select areas where you want to suppress weeds.

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Inorganic Mulch

If your garden has a minimalist aesthetic, inorganic materials could be a great option. These options still help to reduce weeds and provide a structure to your garden.  However, inorganic products don’t contribute any nutrients back to the soil.  On the plus side, inorganic materials won’t decompose and need to be replaced far less often.

  • Rubber
  • Crushed marble
  • Landscaping fabric
  • Stones

Choosing the right mulch depends on the function and aesthetic of your garden.  You can use a combination of organic and inorganic products to create a unique effect. Mulch should be added around shrubs, surrounding flowers and the bases of trees.  Help protect your plants from weeds and dry soil this summer.

Contact Elm Landscaping today to start planning your summer garden.

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