3 Benefits For Using Mulch In Your Yard

21145897_sWith all of the signs of spring that are all around us, it is time to start planning your outdoor landscaping and gardening.

It’s better to get a head start on these things as they can take some time to do right. For instance, you need to make sure that you are planting the right shrubs and plants during the right times of the spring so they don’t over water due to the heavy rains.

Also, this is a great time to re-locate any trees that you would like elsewhere in your yard, and plant any new trees that you have had your eye on. The winter is a busy time of year for trees because their roots grow out of their normal area looking for food and water.

Re-locating them now can help to get them well-rooter before the harsh temperatures of the summer arrive. If you do re-locate any trees or add new trees to your yard, make sure that you add a healthy covering of mulch over the base and roots of your tree.

Here are some of the specific benefits to putting down a good layer of mulch:

  • Mulch helps to control the growth of weeds, which eliminates any competition for food and water. When a brand new tree is first planted, it doesn’t have the strong root system to go and look for food and water very far. If there are weeds growing all around the base of the tree, the new roots might be overrun and not be able to position themselves strong. Adding mulch will limit the growth of weeds.
  • Mulch acts as a sponge and holds moisture on top of the roots. The new roots are fragile and in shock when they are first planted. So, having a nice sponge of mulch full of water is perfect for getting them strong and stable.
  • Mulch acts as a buffer between the new root system and the direct rays of the sunshine. It protects the soil from the heat of the sun and from any evaporation that might occur due to the sun.

Mulch is a newly planted trees best friend and provides many benefits to the tree in protecting it and helping it to get well-rooted and strong before the summer months officially arrive.


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