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Mulch – Why Is It So Important?

Posted by San Diego Landscaper on Wednesday, 13 April , 2016
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One of the best gifts you can give your plants and trees is mulch. In fact, mulch can be one of the simplest – but most beneficial – things you can do to keep your lawn in good shape.


The Basics of Mulch

While there are different types of mulch – wood or bark chips, pine straw, peat moss, leaves, etc. – the overall goal is the same: to protect your trees and plants from the elements.

The soil takes quite a beating from constant exposure to rain, wind and sun, and is quite vulnerable to erosion. You need to do what you can to limit erosion as it seriously depletes the nutrients – like nitrogen and phosphorus – your plants need.

Mulch actually provides a protective shield from the elements and retains water that will keep your plant’s roots nice and moist. It also helps to block the intrusion of weeds and keeps the soil from being compacted.


How to Apply Mulch

You should feel free to mulch just about anywhere in your yard. All of your flowerbeds, trees and gardens can benefit equally from mulching. Here are a few good mulching guidelines to follow:

  1. Get rid of the weeds before mulching – if you don’t, they’re going to be peeking through the mulch in no time
  2. A mulch bed of three-to-four inches deep will work just fine around trees, and in flowerbeds and gardens
  3. Once the mulch is installed around trees and shrubs, pull it back just a bit to create a sort of donut-hole. If the mulch is piled against the trunk, trapped moisture can trigger disease and decay
  4. For trees, we recommend extending the mulch bed so that it covers about a four or five-foot diameter around the trunk.



We would love to help you out with your mulching needs. If you’d like for us to suggest which mulch would look best in your yard or if you’d like for us to spread it out for you, we’d love to help! Contact us at Juniper Landscape Company today at (619) 334-9464.




Juniper Landscape Company is a provider of professional landscaping services in San Diego, we strive to make San Diego a beautiful place by doing business with integrity and creativity.


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