Benefits Of Mulch

We regularly recommend to our clients to mulch their garden beds.  Ever stopped to wonder why? Here are some great facts to assist you in your decision to go pro mulch.

Most high quality mulch is made either from pine or cedar.  We recommend pine since cedar contains tannins that prevent the mulch from breaking down and persists in the landscape for longer.  Though this seems like a great idea, this means that the mulch will not decompose as quickly, thereby preventing the tied up nutrients in the mulch from entering the soil and benefitting your plants and trees.  Mulch that breaks down, (ie. Pine) provides a layer of fresh new soil every year for your plants and trees - releasing its nutrients into your landscape.

Not all mulches are created equal.  The majority of the dyed mulches (black, red or brown) are made up of scrap wood like leftover lumber and old skids.  They are chipped and then dyed.  This type of mulch does not provide any of the following benefits to your landscape.

Professional hint: When handling dyed mulch ensure you use gloves and wear grubby clothing, the dye will leach out on to your hands and ruin any clothing you might be wearing.Whitchurch-Stouffville-20130506-00942 Custom

The benefits of applying a 3” thick layer of mulch to your garden are countless. Here are a few key reasons to mulch your gardens and trees this year.  

o   Mulch prevents weed seeds from germinating in the soil, and if any weeds to try to make it through, it is quite easy to remove them. 

o   Mulch insulates your plants roots from the summers scorching temperatures and from the harsh winter freezes, increasing the performance of your plants for the upcoming season.

o   Mulch holds the moisture in the soil.  This reduces the need for frequent watering, reducing your water bills and preventing stress on your plants during the hottest points of the day.

o   Mulch prevents soil erosion and compaction.  In certain areas where the soil is sandy, you can lose up to 1 cm of your exposed soil to erosion annually.  If your soil is uncovered and more clay based, every little raindrop compacts the soil, creating less than hospitable conditions for your plants, and will require future amendment and compaction solutions.

o   As good quality mulch breaks down, it provides nutrition and new soil to your gardens.  

o   The nice thing about mulching your garden is that once you have initially mulched your bed 3” it only requires 1-1.5”/year subsequently.

o   Finally, a freshly pine bark mulched garden bed smells amazing, looks wonderful, and is the perfect finishing touch on any garden bed or tree ring. 

If you have any more questions about, or would like to receive a free quote on mulching your garden beds, please call your friendly Rural Roots Office Manager Linda (519-433-1774) to schedule an appointment or head over to our contact us tab and send us a note.