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Mulching! Is it better to Mulch or not Mulch?

For sure, Mulch has its place. It does have its benefits.

Mulch reduces soil water losses by retaining moisture for prolonged periods of time and protects plants in the heat of the day. Suppresses weeds and protects as a covering in harsh cold winters. Mulch is better than having bare soil, it reduces runoffs. Mulch is good for the “soil” as it decomposes, it is helping create healthy living soil. You know what that means: healthy soil means healthy plants.

This is the time to rid of weeds before you lay down mulch. You can apply a weed killer like the Bio-Advanced Season Long. The pre-emergent will help prevent seeds germinating. Of course, this is not to say, you will not see weeds poke up through the mulch. You can still get weeds, but, using a pre-emergent before the mulch is a good start. Pre-emergent in the spring before the ground temperature reaches 55 degrees fahrenheit. Then it should be applied again in the early fall after temperatures begin to come down.

Plants that spread like our Amazoy Zoysia grass plugs, are sometimes so vigorous that they will grow right under mulch. Don’t apply or spread mulch on or near the grass plugs. For lawns use a small amount of top soil to improve the soil composition.

Mulch usually lasts a number of years. Mulch should be replenished or even replaced as you start to see signs of it decomposing and discolored.

When applying your choice of your mulch bedding, do not use to little or too much. Its best at between 1 inch to 3 inches. Excessive mulching can suffocate and bury your plants; it can rid your plants of essential nutrients and water to reach the roots.