Mulch is a gardener’s best friend. It retains moisture in the soil, prevents soil erosion, inhibits weed growth, and enhances the beauty of your landscape. There are several options for mulch you should be aware of before you make your decision. You can choose between organic and inorganic mulches; each with their own share of pros and cons.
When choosing the best mulch, here is some information you should consider.
Why is it important to use mulch?
The benefits of adding mulch to your flower or garden beds are too numerous and valuable to ignore. A nice, thick layer of mulch helps maintain a more even soil temperature, slows evaporation, and prevents weed growth.
Additionally, organic mulch will decompose, adding important nutrients to your soil. You will need to replenish it more often than inorganic mulch. Plan to add 1 to 2-inches each spring (normally, mid- to late spring).
The goal is to have a total of 3 to 4-inches. It’s always a good idea to let your plants get off to a good start before adding too much mulch. Remember: You can add more material later after your plants are established.
What types of mulches are available?
Organic Mulch: Organic mulch, made from organic materials, naturally decomposes and adds essential nutrients to the soil. When absorbed, these nutrients help to retain soil moisture, stabilize the top soil, and improve root growth. Organic mulch also promotes a balanced environment for beneficial organisms, such as earthworms. Organic mulch includes:
- Shredded hardwood
- Grass clippings
- Cocoa mulch
Inorganic Mulch: Inorganic mulch is great for certain types of landscapes. Particularly those built on steep slopes, hillsides or terraced levels. As opposed to organic mulch, inorganic (also known as synthetic) mulch doesn’t decompose, nor does it provide nutrients for the soil. However, it does protect from drainage and soil erosion. Inorganic mulch includes:
- Brick chips
- Gravel and river rock
- Landscaping or weed fabric
Should curbing be installed with mulch?
During high winds, it’s normal for some types of mulch to have a hard time staying put. When that happens, mowing becomes difficult (not to mention, dangerous), your once neat and tidy landscape looks messy, and your planting beds soon sprout weeds. The only way to keep mulch out of your lawn is to install permanent curbing. Make sure the borders are several inches tall. Curbing will ensure a more uniform look to your landscape.
Contact Cutting Edge Curbing today at (602) 353-1020 for a quote on curbing.