What Mulch to Choose for Your Landscaping Needs

Choose mulchOwning a garden is one thing and maintaining it is another. There are some factors to consider to keep your garden clean and green.

Here’s where mulching comes into play. Mulching helps stop weed growth, retain moisture in the soil, hide unsightly features in the garden, and protect the plants.

There are many benefits of mulching your garden, but choosing the right mulch is important too. There are many types of mulches; therefore, it is essential that you opt for one which best suits your garden’s needs.

Without much ado, let’s study more about your available options:

Mulch for Vegetable Gardens

If you have a garden that produces vegetables, then you need to be extra careful. Vegetable gardens are more prone to getting attacked by animals, pests, and weeds.

A good mulch for vegetable producing gardens is an organic mulch. Organic mulch consists of shredded leaves, straws, newspaper, and garden waste.

The benefit of setting organic mulch in your garden is that it provides essential nutrients to the soil and helps to keep it moisturized.

Organic mulch is a good alternative to other mulch because this type of mulch has no chemical producing tendencies, which means your veggies are free of harmful chemicals.

Mulch for Trees, Shrubs, and Perennials

A garden full of trees and shrubs is vulnerable to animals and birds. It requires the mulch to be strong so birds and animals can’t get to it easily. This need for protection is why your best option is bark mulch.

You can obtain bark mulch from redwood, milled fir, pine and spruce logs as byproducts. This kind of mulch doesn’t get blown away with strong wind and stays in its position. Other than that, this mulch keeps the weed growing problem at a minimum because it hardly lets sunlight penetrate into the soil where the weed grows.

This mulch is ideal for gardens where the soil doesn’t need to be cultivated for planting seeds. However, make sure you keep the bark mulch at a distance of at least five to six inches from the tree trunk and use smaller chips that are dug one to two inches deep into the soil to make the mulch.

Mulch for Gardens with Excessive Weed Problem

You can use black plastic as a mulch; However, a black plastic black may negatively affect the look of the garden, and it doesn’t let moisture pass into the soil.

Another solution is to try mineral mulch. If you are frustrated with seeing weed destroy your garden, then mineral mulch is your solution. Mineral mulch is ideal as it helps to suppress weeds. It also gives a decorative look to the garden.

Mineral mulch is often made from rocks, pebbles, and gravel. Mineral mulch allows water, chemicals, and oxygen to easily pass into the soil and keep weed away. However, a distance of three inches should be kept from the plant or shrub’s base while setting up this type of mulch.

For more details on landscaping, get in touch with Le Perv at 858-405-4945.

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Clarke Ramsey
Landscape Artist. I help landscaping dreams come to live. I create raving fans and give my customers the highest quality product available.
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