Professional Mulching Service in Palm Bay FL
So you’ve been working hard on creating a low-maintenance landscape that you can enjoy year-round. Your soil has been amended with lots of rich compost, you’ve planted the right plants in the right places, the right trees in the right places to help conserve energy. What’s next?
Mulch, Mulch, and more Mulch!!!
The last step in creating that low-maintenance, sustainable landscape is mulch! There are many wonderful benefits of mulch:
1) Reduced weed growth. For extended protection place 2 to 3 layers of newspaper around plants prior to mulching. The newspaper will breakdown slowly reducing the number of weed seeds that are able to germinate.
2) Reduced the amount of water needed to sustain plants. A 2 to 3-inch layer of mulch will protect soil from the sun’s drying rays, thereby retaining moisture in the soil for a longer period of time, which equates to savings in water usage.
3) Cools the roots of plants in the heat of summer. Plants will be less stressed if their root system can remain cool especially those who are planted in full sun.
4) Provides nutrition to the plant as it breaks down – depending on what type of mulch you use.
1) Bark or wood chips – These provide good coverage and ultimately last the longest. Pine bark (a renewable resource), melaleuca and eucalyptus varieties are easily found in Florida. Cypress is also readily available but is NOT a very wise choice. Cypress is an important wetlands tree that is slow-growing. Currently, very old stands of cypress are being cut down to provide mulch and the growth rate of new cypress cannot keep up with the demand. It is better to use mulch such as a melaleuca which is an invasive tree in the state.
2) Pine needles are another great option especially if you have pine trees growing in your yard. Many local nurseries currently offer pine needle mulch.
3) Oak leaves are another great option for mulch and for adding nutrients to the soil. Plant oaks in flower beds and those beds will self-mulch when the trees drop their leaves. Free mulch and very little work to get the beds mulched.
4) Grass clippings make for a really good mulch if they do not contain a lot of chemicals. They do breakdown quickly and need to be replenished often.
5) Gravel is an option but doesn’t provide much of a block to weeds, nor any plant nutrition.
6) Rubber mulches are not the best as they do not provide any nutritional benefit to the soil and may even leach chemicals.
Mulching takes time and is an added expense, but applying a nice thick layer of it to your garden beds is essential, and well worth the extra effort in the long run. If you don’t have the time nor the resources to complete this for your garden, contact Coastal Greens Lawn Care
for all your Professional Mulching Services in Palm Bay FL
needs. Let us take the load off of you so you have time to enjoy the finer things in life, like admiring a great looking garden!