Tacoma Landscape Mulch
The use of mulch in the landscapes is one of the easiest ways to grow healthy plants and at the same time conserve water. Using mulch has been a goto method by experienced landscape designers like Tacoma Landscapings.
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Mulch is literally just a safe ground cover that conserves water and reduces evaporation, minimizes erosion, and manages weeds. If you choose to use an organic mulch, it also can enrich your soil. There are a lot of benefits to using mulch throughout your landscape.
Mulches come two ways… Organic or Inorganic. The most common organic mulches are grass, leaves, bark, pine needles, and compost. Typically we recommend hardwood mulch with our landscapes. It is readily available, organic, and looks great. Inorganic mulches contain bricks, chips of rock, synthetic materials like fabrics, and other non-organic materials.
There a many advantages to mulching, a big one is that it reduces water loss by evaporation. Mulches also decrease the exposure of the soil to the wind which also causes water loss.
Mulch has an insulating ability that helps cool your soil during the summer. It also helps keep it warmer during the winter months. Mulch actually promotes better plant health and root growth by better maintaining the soil moisture and temperature.
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Advantages to mulching in Tacoma WA
The growth of many weeds is also controlled by the mulch. A layer of mulch 3 to 4 inches thick should be able to prevent sunlight from penetrating the soil, hence reducing the risk of weed growth. Any weeds that are lucky enough to make it through the mulch layer are easily removed. Most hardwood mulches are a combination of coarse and fine textures. This helps reduce seed germination n weeds.
You want a nice layer of mulch, but you don’t want it to be piled up against the plants. It is better to create a donut like ring around the bases of plants, trees, and shrubs.
The advantage of organic mulches is that they enrich the soil as it decomposes. This creates humus which is a thick, dark organic material that provides nutrients and improves the soil’s texture. Mulch also has an aesthetic value. Mulching and landscaping go so well together because of the variety of colors and textures that mulch brings to the table. It’s a great way to compliment plants and other landscapes or hardscapes.
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Landscape Mulch Tacoma WA
The perfect mulch is inexpensive, readily available, easily installed. Great mulches remain in place well while supplying the soil with organic matter. Don’t forget about the couple main attributes mentioned above… Weed control, water conservation, and regulating the soil temperatures.
Let’s reiterate the reasons that Tacoma Landscapings uses mulch in our landscaping. One major reason is for weed control. Preventing weeds will allow desirable plants to access soil, water, and nutrients.
Another reason we add mulch to our landscapes is to conserve water. Organic mulches act as a dampener. It can soften the rain so that water can permeate the soil. All mulches help with soil moisture by eliminating evaporation.
Using mulch in landscaping is more than just water and weed control. Organic mulches promote healthy soil as they decompose.
We understand that mulch acts as insulation regulating your soil temperature. It’s very important that fresh planted trees and shrubs are surrounded by mulch. This will keep the roots growing as long as possible.