Leave Your Mulching to CLICK Landscape Inc.
Mulch is perhaps the unsung hero of homeowners and gardeners everywhere. For most people, fresh mulch just means a well-maintained patch of land, but it actually serve to preserve the surrounding environment. At CLICK Landscape Inc., we provide quality mulch services to commercial and residential areas to help our clients preserve their outdoor spaces.
What Is Mulch?
Mulch can be made from a wide variety of materials. In organic mulch might contain elements like plastic, but natural mulches are more likely to contain:
- • Leaves
- • Back chips
- • Straw
- • Grass clippings
- • Wood chips
- • Peat moss
Some of these inorganic materials replenish the soil as they decompose. This temporary option must be regularly maintained and replenished to maintain the positive affects of the mulch.
What Are the Benefits of Using Mulch in Walpole?
Mulch’s main purpose is to preserve the moisture and improve soil. How does a mix of bark and wood chips accomplish this task? Properly laid mulch does the following:
- • Reduces moisture loss related to evaporation
- • Controls weed growth in the covered area
- • Insulates soil from extreme hot and cold temperatures
- • Over time improves aeration, drainage, soil biology and structure
- • Inhibits certain plant diseases
- • Improves soil fertility
- • Reduces likelihood of damage from gardening tools like weed whackers or lawnmowers
In their natural environment, trees and other plants have a natural layer of material to cover the soil around their roots. The material is full of decomposing organic substances and organisms that replenish the soil. Mulch provides the same service in urban and suburban landscapes.
Are There Different Kinds of Mulch?
There are two main types of mulch: organic and inorganic. You already know that organic mulches contain natural components and decompose naturally. What do inorganic mulches contain?
- • Stone
- • Lava rock
- • Rubber
- • Textile Fabrics
- • Plastic
While this mulch doesn’t decompose naturally, it will last much longer than organic mulch. If you want something low maintenance yet still natural looking, consider using a stone based mulch.
The Five Commandments of Mulching
When it comes to mulching, you really can’t have enough good advice. That is why we at CLICK Landscape Inc. go to such great lengths to make sure that all our residential clients in Walpole are as informed as possible about all the benefits that come from a lawn or yard that is as well mulched as possible. With that in mind, here are five important facts that you may or may not know about mulching:
1. One of the biggest misconceptions about mulching is that this term means wood chips or shredded bark. In reality, this is not the case and mulch actually refers to anything that covers soil and allows it to retain moisture and prevent weeds from developing on your grass. Some nurseries would have you believe that mulch exclusively refers to wood chippings because they’re often paid to take back wood chips and shredded bark from cutters to avoid landfill costs—hence, getting paid twice.
2. What a lot of people fail to realize is that compost is a great mulch—in fact there is none better. On top of that, contrary to what many people believe, compost is not acidic and doesn’t harm plants—it’s actually plant food. Recent research from Iowa and Ohio State Universities points to the many benefits that compost can provide as a mulch.
3. Wood mulch is not a good idea for your Walpole yard or garden. The reason for this is simple: Wood mulch is not nice, especially dyed wood mulch as it is made up of pallets and other trash wood which may contain arsenic, creosote and other nasty stuff. It is actually one of the worst types of much available in the market.
4. If wood mulch is a bad idea, then rubber mulch is a whole lot worse. The worst thing about rubber mulch is that if you are a motorist in Walpole, then you may end up paying for this product twice. Think of it like this. If you have paid to throw away your old tires and have then decided to buy rubber mulch, you are literally paying for the privilege of having your tires taken away only to pay again for this in mulch. And you know what, it is a terrible quality mulch that will smell strongly in the summertime.
5. Another important tip to remember when it comes to mulch is that you should never use mulch too close to your home. In fact, we at CLICK Landscape Inc. recommend that, where possible, you should keep all mulch approximately 30 feet away from your home or car. Failing to do so could see the shredded bark of your mulch create funguses and other nasty things that can permanently stain your most valuable assets. And the real stinger in this tale is that it is very hard to remove these stains once they latch on!
Why Should Mulching Be Done Professionally?
As with anything, laying mulch must be done properly to enjoy the positive benefits of the task. For example, if you put too much mulch on your trees and plans, you’ll actually do more harm than good. The materials won’t decompose fast enough and the soil can’t breathe properly. These are the common problems with poor mulching:
- • Excess moisture gets trapped in the root zone causing stress and/or root rot
- • Stress on stem tissues causing insect infestations or plant diseases
- • pH balance is thrown off causing nutrient deficiencies or buildup of toxic materials
- • Water and air cannot penetrate the soil
- • Rodents and small animals ay make homes in the mulch and begin biting the plants
- • Mulch becomes anaerobic and poisons young plants
Give CLICK Landscape Inc. a Call Today
When you give us a call, our professional team will be happy to answer any questions you may have about our mulching services. If you prefer, fill out our quick contact form and we’ll be happy to get back to you at your earliest conveyance. If you’re ready to get started, we’ll set you up with an appointment.