Though it may seem easy enough, mulching makes any Central Florida yard or garden look amazing. Mulch offers many benefits, helps retain moisture, reducing the need for watering, protects plants from extreme heat, enriches the soil, reduces weeds, and encourage strong root growth. That is if it used right.

The Herald Standard recently wrote an article warning of the common mistakes that are made when it comes to applying mulch.

Not enough mulch:

Mulch is ineffective when spread too thin. The Virginia Cooperative Extension at Virginia Tech and Virginia State University recommends applying mulch no less than two inches in depth. Anything less than that will prove ineffective at preventing weed growth and helping the soil retain moisture, and that means you will need to water more often.

Poorly located mulch:

Mulch should not be placed too close to plant stems or tree trunks. When it is, tissue is so wet that it makes for a perfect environment for disease and insect infestation.

Failing to mulch to the drip line:

The drip line of a tree refers to the outermost circumference of the tree’s canopy from which water drips onto the ground. The VCE recommends mulching to the drip line of a plant or tree, which ensures the plant or tree will get the most out of the mulch. Mulching to the drip line also minimizes competition from the grass, leading to stronger plants and trees

Failing to weed before mulching:

Weeds should be removed prior to mulching. If they’re not, the mulch can provide the same growing environment for weeds that you’re trying to create for your plants and trees

Reliable Peat makes it easy, just order the type of mulch you want in bulk, and have it delivered. Our team can help you determine how much you will need for the job. It makes the project so much easier and you don’t have to worry about any funny smell, debris or toxins.

The right mulch will make your landscape healthier and look amazing. Now is the perfect time to get outside and work on those landscape projects and to take advantage of our special, take 10% off any bulk orders over 6 yards. Save time and money by having your mulch delivered to your home.

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