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Mulch Madness: 5 Benefits of Mulching

As spring approaches, it’s time to start thinking about mulching your garden beds. The best time to start mulching in Ontario would be in the mid to late spring; when temperatures are above freezing and the soil is warming up.

Mulching garden beds is a quick and easy way to make any garden more attractive while adding numerous benefits to the plant material and soil. Let’s explore the 5 key benefits of mulching! 

Weed Control  

The use of mulch inhibits weed germination, slowing the development of weeds throughout your garden by preventing sunlight from reaching the soil surface.

Visible weeds in a garden bed without mulch.

Weed seeds germinate quickly in a garden bed without mulch.

Improves Water Retention  

Mulch reduces water loss from the soil surface, which helps maintain soil moisture and protects your plants from drying out in the summer months. It can also help reduce soil erosion during winters and heavy rains.

Mulch improves water retention to maintain soil moisture.

Moderates Temperature Fluctuations  

Mulch can moderate temperature fluctuations, protecting plant roots from heat damage as well as frost and cold damage. Mulch acts as an insulant; keeping the soil warm on cold nights and cool on hot days.

Adding mulch to garden beds that are exposed to direct sunlight.

Adds Vital Nutrients 

Mulch, when done correctly, returns about 4% nitrogen, 2% potassium, and 1% phosphorus to the soil, these are all vital nutrients to healthy plant growth.

Mulch adds vital nutrients to the soil to help plants grow.

Enhances Curb Appeal 

Mulch dramatically enhances the look of your property by making your plants pop and creating a beautiful contrast between your turf and gardens.

Mulch dramatically enhances the curb appeal of a property.

At TLC Landscaping, we use pine bark mulch that is a natural brown colour and is completely free of additives or dyes. This makes it completely safe for soil, plants, pets, and children.

We recommend that mulch be applied in a 3-inch layer throughout the garden and re-applied every 1-2 years; any thicker and it makes it difficult for oxygen to reach the soil and as a result, your plants suffer. 

If you’re looking to breathe new life into your gardens this spring, mulch is your best solution. Still not convinced? Get in touch with our Client Care Team to learn more about the benefits of mulching for your condominium and commercial properties.

Topics: Mulch, Condo Grounds Care, Commercial Grounds Care