A neatly mulched bed is a great visual treat and can improve the appearance of any landscape. Moreover, it can be a lifesaver for a busy gardener. By retaining moisture in the soil, mulch does away with the need for constant watering. It acts as a deterrent for weeds, prevents soil erosion and keeps insects away. Therefore, you spend less time weeding and fighting off pests.
The health of the plants and soil depends on the mulch you use. However, in order to get the best results, it is important to select the right kind of mulch, keeping in mind various factors like soil type, season, climate zone and the type of plants in your garden.
Once you decide which mulch to use, these tips will be beneficial for you.
- Avoid mulching too early. Adding mulch to the soil too early in spring could have adverse effects. Give the soil a chance to warm, and then add the mulch.
- Make sure the soil is weed free before you add mulch to it.
- If you want to add big chunks of mulch, the soil layer needs to be deep. However, smaller-sized mulches will penetrate the soil more quickly.
- Never incorporate mulch into the soil. This can arrest the growth of plants. Instead, place the mulch on the top soil.
In case you are not sure which mulch is good for your soil and plants, we’ll be happy to assist you. You can either walk into a Van Beek’s store in Mississauga and Oakville or call us at the numbers provided on this website. Our staff will listen patiently, ask relevant questions and suggest the appropriate product for you. You can count on us to know what’s best for your garden.
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