Mulch is defined as “a protective covering (as of sawdust, compost, or paper) spread or left on the ground to reduce evaporation, maintain even soil temperature, prevent erosion, control weeds, enrich the soil, or keep fruit (as strawberries) clean”. So with all the benefits mulch provides, why do some people keep neglecting this important landscaping service? Below are our top 3 reasons why you should not have “mulch ado about nothing” in Texas!
1. The Heat
Texas summers are hotter than a bowl of habanero peppers dipped in Tabasco sauce! With that much heat going around, you want to make sure your plant beds are not withering away to their doom. Mulch acts as a protective covering for your plant’s soil and can help reduce evaporation.
It’s important to use the right kind of mulch. Newspaper mulch is becoming increasingly popular. Layers of newspaper help retain moisture, suppress weeds and can even give life to a new flowerbed. Afraid the ink in the paper might be harmful for your soil? Actually, newspaper’s ink contains carbon, which soil loves, that is then released into the soil as the newspaper decomposes. No wonder newspapers have long been used to seal the bottom of cut flowers!
2. The Drought
With the heat comes the drought. And, North Texas commonly has periods of restricted water use in the hot summer months. Besides xeriscaping, mulch can conserve your water usage. Mulch helps preserve your soil by retaining moisture (see point No.1) and adding nutrients that were lost during the intense heat. Compost acts as both a fertilizer and mulching agent. Homemade compost is not only inexpensive but it can be better for your soil if properly made. Good compost is a combination of two parts “brown” (IE. Newspaper, leaves, sawdust) to one part “greens” (IE. fruit and vegetable scraps). Using a good compost can help save your soil, the environment and the other important “green” in your life, cash.
3. Weed control
The title alone should give you reason to start mulching right away! Weeds kill your lawn and depreciate the value of your home by reducing its curb appeal. Mulching can help suppress weed infestation but it will not reduce it if it is already rampant. Take proactive measures to secure your landscaping by mulching. Also, make sure the mulch you use is small enough to smother the soil. Bare soil is a weed’s favorite dwelling.
4. Add Curb Appeal
Curb appeal adds tremendous value to your home. But good curb appeal isn’t just routine lawn maintenance or seasonal landscape services; good curb appeal also includes a properly manicured lawn. Adding colored wood chips to any plant bed will greatly increase your lawn’s aesthetic appeal. Mulching gives your landscaping a tailored look that can cause your neighbors to go “green” with envy.
Are you done “mulching” over your dying lawn and ready to transform your landscaping? Whether home or residential landscape, contact the professional landscape experts at Scapes, Inc. today!