Learn Why Mulching Is an Important Part of Every Homeowner’s Service Schedule
There are many different types of mulch, both organic and inorganic, such as:
- Grass clippings
- Wood shavings
- Bark chips
The material of choice is laid over the top layer of soil around the plants in a bed or garden. There are many benefits to mulching, which is why this process should be part of your lawn care plan. Mulch prevents weeds from growing and minimizes soil compaction during the rainy season.
It also promotes nutrition on the soil and helps monitor and maintain the even temperature of the soil. Mulch also helps conserve water as it retains moisture from watering and gets more to the roots of the plants. Finally, it can help keep an attractive and uniform appearance on your property.
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Mushrooms tend to grow in areas that are very moist or damp, and also very fertile. Fungi help to breakdown decomposing materials…meaning if you see fungi forming on your mulch, it is probably decomposing into rich organic matter. While these mulch mushrooms are usually harmless, they may be a sign that you need to refresh your mulch. Raking and stirring up the mulch can also temporarily disrupt mushroom colony formation. You may also need to adjust your watering habits, to provide water directly to the root zones of plants without wetting the rest of the garden. Also, it may be necessary to do some trimming and pruning to increase air flow and sunlight to the area.
Little flying insects that hang around mulched beds are usually just fungus gnats, which are attracted to moist, decaying materials. Just as with those found in houseplants, fungus gnats don’t bother with the living tissues of plants. They feed on moist, decaying matter instead, such as decomposing mulch, fallen leaves or other garden debris. Raking mulch around or topping it with fresh, dry mulch can help get rid of fungus gnats. Also, try not to let the mulched beds stay too damp and moist. Watering plants directly at their root zone can prevent excessive moisture in the garden.
Commercial dyed mulches must comply with government safety standards….meaning that if you’ve bought red mulch from a reputable business, the dye used on it is non-toxic. Cats generally don’t eat mulch, but they can be a nuisance by using freshly mulched beds as a litter box. Dogs, on the other hand, sometimes chew on wood chips in the landscape. Usually, they do this because of some sort of nutrient deficiency. If you see Fido chewing on mulch every time he’s outside, you should probably contact your vet. Although mulch dyes are usually non-toxic, the sharp wood chips can cause internal damage to dogs who eat them. Always watch and monitor your pet’s outdoor activities to ensure their safety around mulch.
As a landscape designer, I hate to see a landscape bed with landscape fabric poking out of thin layers of mulch. According to most reputable resources in the field, anywhere from 1-4 inches (2.5-10 cm.) is the recommended depth of mulch application for flower beds. I, personally, always recommend a depth of 3 inches (7.6 cm.) to my customers, as this amount of mulch is a perfect depth to suppress weeds and retain cooling moisture around plant roots.