It’s just about time to get your Central Florida garden started and landscape ready for spring. This year, spend less time weeding and watering and more time enjoying the beauty of all your hard work.

Mulch is more than just decorative, there are many amazing reasons to add mulch to your garden and landscape

mulchMulch such as pine bark, adds rich organic matter to the soil. This not only helps keep your plants healthy, it makes them more resistant to diseases and pests.

As mulch breaks down it allows valuable nutrients to be slowly released into the soil and readily available for plants.

Mulch helps the soil retain moisture, prevents evaporation, and reduces water runoff. It also decreases the time you spend watering.

“Mulch can retain up to 70% more water in the soil than unmulched soil.”

Mulch acts as an insulator, regulating the temperature of the soil. Reducing stress on the plant by keeping the roots cool in the summer and warm in the winter.

Naturally deters weeds from growing by blocking their sunlight.  Not only does this mean your desired plants don’t have to compete for nutrients, you won’t have to spend time weeding.

Mulch improves the soil condition by increasing biological activity. Providing earthworms and micro-organisms with food.

Mulch supports new plants and improves soil drainage, while improving the aesthetics of your garden and landscape.

Mulch is a great way to create a path or walkway, prevent erosion, and soil compaction from foot traffic.

Mulch provides a healthy foundation for both gardens and landscapes. It is important to purchase your mulch from a reliable source. Some bagged mulch can contain chemicals and construction waste.

Pine bark mulch comes in a variety of sizes, from fine to large.

Red and chocolate mulch have become a very popular. Red mulch adds a decorative contrast to light colored vegetation and trees.

Many gardeners claim the red mulch encourages better growth, especially for tomatoes and strawberries, because the red color reflects more of the suns rays towards the plant. While the darker chocolate mulch absorbs more sunlight and heat, keeping the soil warmer.

If you are doing a larger project, consider buying mulch in bulk, you can save a ton of time and money.

If you have any questions or need assistance finding the right mulch for your garden, contact Reliable Peat. We are conveniently located in Winter Garden and Lake County.