Mulch

Mulch in landscaping

The Benefits of Using Mulch

The use of mulch is one of the best things any gardener can use for their garden. Preparing and planning for all the variety of plants and flowers is the first step. The second essential step is spreading mulch. There are some useful tips and tricks for getting the job done efficiently. Following these steps will aid with a creation of a polished looking garden. 

Before planting any flowers in the ground, the first step is to check the hardy planting zone. The will inform a gardener what plants will flourish at their location. The hardy planting zone is based on the annual median seasonal temperatures. There is no need to plant vegetation that can not thrive. 

After checking the hardy planting zone, a gardener will need to be aware of their soil. The flower bed should be free of any weeds. The gardener can dig them up, ensuring the roots are pulled up is critical. There are also weed killer chemicals that can be used as another option. An edge will need to be formed for the mulch. The border will keep grass from spreading to the mulch. The use of mulch aids with any weeds that try and cover. Mulch also assists will soil erosion. If a gardener uses organic soil, the mulch prevents the nutrients from washing away. A great way to retain moisture for plants is using mulch. Retaining moisture will alleviate the plants from drying out. In addition to preventing the spreading of weeds, and keeping the soil moisturized, mulch gives a refined look to any flower bed. When spreading mulch, it is best to place small amounts of mulch in the flower bed, then rake even amounts of mulch in the area. If the mulch is dumped or not spread out evenly, it can smother the plants' roots. 

Mulch is a necessity for any garden or flower bed. Following a few simple steps will ensure a polished foundation. Not only will the plants thrive, but the soil will also be enriched, and the beds can be easily maintained.