In addition to giving your lawn a clean, tailored look, mulching is also beneficial for the surrounding plants and soil. Mulching also:
- Reduces surface evaporation from the soil
- Improves water penetration and air movement
- Moderates soil temperature fluctuations
- Protects shallow-root plants from freeze damage and frost-heave
- Discourages weed growth
- Improves soil structure and nutrient availability as they decompose
Trees and shrubs also need attention. In their natural environment, trees and shrubs gain nutrients from decomposing plant material that has fallen to the ground or from plants which have died. In a landscaped area, most of this dead or dying plant material has been removed and the surrounding plant material is usually in the form of grass which competes with the trees and shrubs for nutrients. Mulching around the base of your trees boosts the health of those trees and shrubs significantly.
Let’s not forget the variety of plants around your property. The use of mulch will not only aid in weed control, moisture retention, and soil erosion during heavy rainfall, it will also provide the proper insulation to protect roots against winter freeze.