Mulch is one landscaping material that no gardener should go without. It can both improve the appearance of your yard and protect your plants. Mulch should be on your list of essential landscaping supplies for your Edmonton home.
How Mulching Helps
Mulch serves a number of functions in home landscaping projects. Some of the most common benefits are:
- Traps moisture in the soil
- Inhibits weed and grass growth by cutting off oxygen supply
- Shields the soil from extreme temperatures
- Organic mulches add nutrients to the soil as they decompose
- Prevents soil erosion and crusting
- Protects the roots from exposure
- Gives helpful insects a safe shelter
- Improves root volume
- Reduces the need for weeding
- Insulates annuals during the winter
- Looks great!
Types of mulches
There are quite a few mulches that you can choose from so you’ll have to consider both your specific needs and the look you’re trying to achieve.
- Bark—Bark mulch comes in a number of different colours so it’s a great option if you’re trying to achieve a certain look and you really want your garden to stand out. Made from recycled brush and logs, bark mulch adds valuable nutrients to the soil as it breaks down.
- Cedar—Cedar chips are known for their wonderfully pleasant aroma and are great at keeping unwanted insects at bay. Cedar mulch is quite long lasting and naturally resistant to certain types of fungus.
- Hemlock—Reddish orange in colour, hemlock mulch makes a beautiful addition to any garden. Hemlock has a fresh and pleasant smell and lasts quite a long time, adding important nutrients to the soil as it decomposes.
- Pine bark—Pine breaks down slowly and is an inexpensive mulch to add to your garden. Naturally deep brown, it has a rich and luxuriant appearance. And like cedar and hemlock, pine bark has a long lasting and refreshing scent.
Once you’ve prepared the gardening bed, add a layer of your chosen mulch between 5 and 10 cm thick. Don’t stir it in, just let if fall loosely on the soil. Use your hand or a rake to spread the mulch evenly over the bed and then give it a light watering. Don’t forget to leave a little circle of breathing room around each plant or tree to avoid water logging and rot.
Look to The Black Dirt Company for more information about mulch. We specialize in the sale and delivery of topsoil, garden mix, and other landscaping supplies in the Spruce Grove and Edmonton area. Contact us today to learn more!