The benefits of mulch have been around as long as the forest floor has. Woody, carbon material (like wood chips, bark, or even straw) helps:
Similar to aeration, when we mulch, we are simply replicating the patterns and desires of nature. The bare earth doesn't like to be bare very long. In the forest, the solution to that is for lots and lots and lots of carbon material like wood, leaves, decaying logs, and more to build up to form new soil. Mulch is a good thing, my friend. In fact, it's one of the best practices in the lawn and grass care industry and we're proud to offer it. We’ll help you lay it on!
So what are some different varieties of mulch? Great question.
The most basic categories of mulch are organic and non-organic or inorganic. This is quite in the sense that folks use the term organic like the USDA certification.
Organic mulches like bark, needles, leaves, wood chips, animal manure, (and believe it or not grass clippings!) are organic in the sense that they come from what was once biologically "alive" and contained lots of carbon. They can all be used as mulch, and we're happy to deliver mulch to you and spread it, too. The soil adores organic matter, because organics basically make up the soil. Tuh-duh!
What about non-organic mulch, what's that? Well, those include different types of rocks and stones, or man made materials like rubber to create a barrier between the soil and the air. This creates a vapor zone that keeps moisture in the earth and keeps undesirable plants (aka weeds) from emerging. Non-organic mulch is also becoming more popular in arid regions like the southwest and Colorado because of how dang dry and hot it is there. Our version of abundant green grass here on the east coast just isn't a reality. So people literally rock mulch their entire yard. Pretty cool stuff and very environmentally conscious as well. Any kind of mulching, in fact, keeps water from being wasted unnecessarily.
There's also such a thing as living mulch! Surprise. Living mulches are certain varieties of legume or grass that are used to form a living form of mulch that keeps nutrients in the soil by fixing nitrogen, manages moisture, provides a home for bugs, and keeps weeds from coming on too strong. This practice, however, is mostly used in the agricultural setting and not as much in the homeowner context. However, if this is something that interests you, let us know and we're happy to apply any kind of mulch you need: organic, non-organic, and living alike!
Mulching can be a task of hard labor and there's actually a little bit more knowledge than you'd expect to get the job done right. If you'd like to hand the task off to some experts, please reach out to us!
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