Spring is here again! Aside from the spring cleaning fever for your property's interior, this season also means getting your landscape in Michigan ready for the new growing season again. One task you should not forget this spring is to install mulch in your landscape beds. Covering your landscape beds with mulch provides several benefits for your plants. Mulch helps retain soil moisture by covering the soil and protecting it from direct sunlight. This ensures the soil remains moist, so your plants don't dry up, especially in the summer heat.
You can also count on mulch to regulate soil temperature and provide your plants with an ideal environment despite the fluctuating weather. If you want a natural way to suppress weeds without chemicals, mulch is the way to go. Learn more about mulch installation and why you need to include it in your landscaping tasks this spring.
Installing mulch in the spring helps retain soil moisture to carry your plants through summer.
Keeping the soil moist is crucial so your plants won't dry out over the hot summer months. The best way you can achieve that is by installing mulch on your landscape beds to help retain soil moisture. How does mulch do that? Mulch is a ground cover that protects the soil from direct sun exposure, this will prevent the water from evaporating too quickly, allowing your plants to soak up all of the water that they need.
Soil moisture becomes much more critical once summer rolls around because the increasing temperature puts your plants at greater risk of drying up. Starting the growing season by installing mulch in the spring will keep the soil moist for longer and your plants hydrated. You can also water your plants less often because your plants have enough moisture to power through the heat if your landscape beds are mulched.
Mulch helps regulate soil temperature.
Weather changes can be stressful for your plants, but you can combat that by installing mulch to regulate soil temperature and provide them with a stable environment. When the weather fluctuates between colder and warmer temperatures, it can overwhelm your plants. Mulch protects them from this harsh change by insulating the roots and providing your plants with a blanket of protection.
Mulch protects your plants from drastic winter temperatures when the weather drops below freezing.
Mulch Is A Natural Way to Suppress Weeds
Preventing weeds has always been a vital landscape maintenance task because they can bring down the curb appeal of your landscape beds and steal nutrients from your plants. Many of these unwanted plants germinate in the spring, and you need to be relentless to keep them away. Weeds can easily make their way into your landscape beds if you leave them bare, but mulch suppresses weeds by preventing weed seeds from reaching your soil. Here are more ways mulch prevents weed growth:
- Weeds need sunlight to germinate, and covering the bare soil with mulch will deprive them of this.
- Installing mulch chokes weeds by limiting their access to oxygen, essentially suffocating them. The ideal layer of mulch is about 2 to 3 inches. Anything more than that might choke out your plants.
Because mulch acts as a natural weed suppressant, you don't have to apply herbicides as often. That will save you money and help the environment as well!
Give our experts a call to schedule our mulch installation service.
Mulch installation provides the above benefits and more for your plants and landscape beds. Our team at Rose Landscape Services is glad to offer mulch installation to commercial and residential properties in Grand Rapids, Ada, Cascade, MI, and nearby areas. Call us today at (616) 293-0361 to schedule our mulch installation service this spring!