Mulch does more than look and smell great, it’s one of the best things you can do for your plants and trees. Mulch adds texture and color to your yard, but it is also a protective covering for your plants, suppresses weeds, attracts natural aerators, retains moisture, and insulates roots from our intense heat.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service has said “mulching is one of the simplest and most beneficial practices you can use in the garden”
The Arbor Day Foundation said, “A newly planted tree’s best friend is mulch.”
Soil not covered with mulch is left vulnerable to the elements. Rain and wind constantly eroding the soil and causing problems for your plants.
Erosion depletes essential nutrients from the soil. Nourishment essential for healthy plants. Without this ground cover nitrogen and phosphorus are washed out of the soil. It only takes a couple of afternoon thunderstorms to wash away 80% of the nutrients in the soil.
Water is just as important as nutrients. Without some type of ground cover soil just bakes away in the sun. This is problematic because not only does it increase evaporation, it leaves your plants malnourished and roots exposed.
Mulch acts as a barrier minimizing evaporation and preventing the soil from getting too hot. It also absorbs water like a sponge.
Weed seeds are just about everywhere, they germinate when exposed to the sun. But if they are buried beneath 3 inches of mulch, they won’t be able to germinate. Which means you won’t have to weed as much or as often.
Equally important is where you get your mulch. Quality matters, you can buy bagged mulch from a box store or save time and money by going to Reliable Peat. Take a trip to one of our stores and take a good look at the mulch and really see and smell the difference, most people are surprised.
We are located in Winter Garden: 407-656-9766 | Groveland: 352-326-5432. Just pick out which stones or mulch you want and we will deliver it to your home. If you’re not sure which product is best for your project or how much you will need, just tell us about it and we can help.