How do you ensure your trees, shrubs, and flower beds get enough water when water scheduling times limit your water use? MULCH! How do you keep your trees and shrubs healthy and more resistant to disease? MULCH! How do you get a better color from your spruce trees? MULCH! How do you maintain a beautiful yard with minimal work and weeding? MULCH! How do you protect your plants from drying winter winds and extreme temperatures? MULCH! How do you create a clean look between your lawn and your tree and shrub beds? MULCH! How do you speed up the growth rate of newly planted trees and shrubs? MULCH! How do you create a haven for beneficial insects such as ladybugs and earthworms? MULCH! How do you improve soil quality over time? MULCH! MULCH! MULCH!
Organic mulches such as bark chips or wood chips are inexpensive, have a clean and aesthetic appeal and as they break down over time they can be incorporated into the soil. Where should you buy mulch? As with most things, buying in bulk will get you the best price. Local nurseries may fill a pick-up truck for $50, but you may only get a few small bags for $50 at a hardware store.
How do you get started with mulching? You don’t need to dig out your sod to create your mulch beds. Simply cover the desired area with a few sheets of newspaper and spread your mulch 3-4” deep on top. This will kill the underlying grass or weeds without the need for chemical herbicides. More mulch depth isn’t better, but a greater mulched area is! Create large mulch beds instead of little mulch wells wherever possible. Keep the mulch a few inches away from the stems of shrubs and trees for good air circulation.
Pay attention as you travel around town and you will soon realize that trees planted in large mulch beds have better color, shape, and fullness and growth! Get mulching and help conserve the wonderful soil moisture received after a natural rain fall.
Buy your mulch and then apply for the Water Conservation Rebate!