Mulching gardens and landscapes can offer attractive aesthetic appeal, and can promote plant health and soil fertility. Mulch most frequently sold in nurseries and commercial retail stores is made of cypress wood, but plenty of alternative materials can substitute for cypress mulch or be mixed in with it in order to provide landscapes with similar benefits.
Benefits of compostable material
Any compostable material, such as banana peels, corncobs, and even pine needles, can be utilized as mulch or mixed in with mulch chips. Compostable material is able to naturally decompose, which provides the surrounding plants and soil with additional nutrition.
Most people probably don’t accumulate a large enough quantity of alternative mulching materials, like pine needles or crushed pecan shells, to entirely substitute for wooden mulch chips, so mixing these materials in with mulch chips can still positively promote soil nutrients and suppress weed growth.
Go organic with mulch material for healthy plants and soil
The best mulching materials are light, applied above the soil’s surface, and can allow water to reach the soil. Inorganic mulching materials, such as gravel, recycled rubber chips, or crushed stone may provide an ideal landscape aesthetic, but do not benefit plant or soil health, nor do they help soil ecosystems thrive. These inorganic materials tend to be heavier, and do not allow the soil to absorb as much moisture.
Mulch offers insulation to your landscape or garden, and prevents extreme summer heat from scorching plant roots, and consequently, prevents soil from freezing and then thawing in the winter, which can lead to plant root damage. However, if mulch is layered too thickly, it can have adverse effects on thriving plant life.
Contact the experts for a healthy garden or landscape
Trust your garden or landscape to our expert team to make sure mulch is applied proportionately and evenly to assure optimal appearance and health of your plant life. You can sprinkle in other compostable mulch material to ensure plant life longevity.
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