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The Truth About Mulch

Posted by San Diego Landscaper on Wednesday, 29 July , 2015
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Mulching is the term used to describe the action of blanketing the ground around a plant with straw, rocks, bark or anything else. Mulch is typically spread beneath plants like trees and shrubs. Mulching offers several key benefits including:

  • Enhance Water Use – Mulch helps your landscape conserve water by allowing moisture to slowly evaporate from the soil’s surface.
  • Improve Plant Health – Mulch can contribute directly to a plant’s health. Organic mulch, like wood chips, straw or leaves, will decompose slowly and release nutrients into the soil which plants can use.
  • Inexpensive Options – Organic mulch is typically inexpensive or free. If you have pine trees in your yard, rake up fallen needles and use them as mulch, or ask a neighbor if you can have his or her leaves or needles.
  • Deter Weed Growth – If you hate weeding, adding mulch can actually deter the growth of weeds.
  • Aesthetics – Mulch certainly adds to the appearance of a landscape. Whether you enjoy the smell and look of pine chips or you prefer a modern stone, the addition of mulch will give you an elegant and well-kept look.

However, mulch also has a few drawbacks:

  • Avoid Black Plastic – While black plastic can halt weed growth, it can also suffocate the soil and roots.
  • Attract Rodents – Some mulch may create the perfect environment for rodents. Mouse feedings can also lead to plant death.
  • Cause Rot – If mulch is improperly applied around the base of a tree or plant, it could lead to rot. It is recommended that you keep mulch a few inches from trunks and stems.

If you are interested in updating your landscaping design, the team at Juniper Landscape Company is here to help. We have extensive experience helping homeowners create the perfect outdoor space, from a relaxing garden to a water efficient landscape design.

At JCMS we have worked with a wide range of mulching, including:

  • Wood chips and bark
  • Cypress
  • Straw
  • Pine needles
  • Cocoa Bean Hulls
  • Shredded Leaves
  • Compost
  • Rocks

No matter what style of landscape you want, the team at Juniper Landscape Company  can help you design and implement it. From small jobs, such as weeding and mulching, to a complete landscape overhaul, the team at Juniper is there each step of the way to ensure the end product is exactly what you want.

For over 30 years, Juniper Landscape Company has served the residents of San Diego with professional and thorough landscaping services. From construction to maintenance, our team has the skill, knowledge and resources to complete the job to our client’s specifications and satisfaction.

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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