Want a great looking landscape without the high cost or all the work? Mulch is the secret. It holds in moisture, suppresses weeds, and even enrich plants by releases valuable nutrients. That’s if it is used correctly. Here are some helpful tips to ensure your landscape stands out. 

Don’t use too little or too much 

The experts recommend re-mulching about twice a year, about 3 inches. The right amount will ensure you get all the benefits. This will keep your trees and plants happy and healthy. 

Regularly clean out the mulch 

Removing any debris and old mulch and replacing it with new mulch will allow your plants to thrive. 

Regulate the thickness

Watch your plants, if they are not looking as good as they used to, try tweaking the mulch. 

“Rake old mulch. Some mulches can become matted, preventing water and air from seeping through. Rake mulch to refresh its appearance and benefit plantings,” University of Florida Gardening Solutions. 

Mix it up 

There are a variety of different types of mulches on the market, textures and colors. Red mulch can add interest, while white river rock can really brighten up your landscape. 

Don’t leave your soil bare 

Covering the soil not only enhances your landscape it reduces erosion and water runoff. 

“Whether it is too much shade under our beautiful oaks, that stubborn orange clay, or that hot, dry sand. Often times, the best remedy for these situations is to use mulch. Mulch is a versatile tool in the home landscape that provides many benefits while adding aesthetic beauty.” IFAS

Don’t forget about your trees

Applying mulch at the base of your trees, especially younger trees, will provide a protective barrier, reducing damage from mowers and other plants. Just avoid “volcano mulching”, piling mulch against the base of a tree.

Use quality mulch 

Quality of the mulch matters, the last thing you want is waste debris, toxins, and weed seeds in your mulch.