Outdoor Landscaping With Mulches

Outdoor Landscaping With Mulches

Landscaping can block unpleasant views, reduce noise levels and decrease crime, in addition to improving and optimizing the appearance and use of the property. And landscaping with mulch adds both aesthetic and functional value to planting beds. Mulch keeps the soil warm, helps it retain moisture, and prevents erosion of the soil. It also prevents weed growth around plants. The timing and preparation of the area affects the success of landscaping with mulch. Since it serves as an insulator, it is best to wait until the soil has a chance to warm up before applying it. For instance, early spring mulching might cause the ground to take longer to warm. Mulch helps control weeds, but the area should be free of weeds first, before it is applied. Also, the plants should be watered before mulch is put into place. The material depth when landscaping with mulch depends partially on the size of the individual mulch pieces.

For smaller pieces, apply a layer about 1 inch (2.54 cm) to 2 inches (about 5 cm) thick. Mulch with larger pieces might need up to 4 inches (10.2 cm). If it is too thick, it can be difficult for seedlings to emerge. A thick coating might also cause the roots to grow in the mulch, leaving them open to damage. When landscaping with mulch, the materials should not pile up against the base of a tree or shrub. Covering the base of the tree prevents air circulation. At the same time, the mulch might retain too much moisture next to the bark of the tree. Mulch piled high against a building might also cause problems with termites.

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