Cover your soil with mulch
Weed control is one of the most important things to provide your garden with. For this reason we cover the soil after planting trees and flowers.
We cover the soil with mulch to create natural circumstances. Its functional and decorative advantages can bring happy moments to the garden designer, the gardener and the owner as well.
What are the functional advantages of mulch?
Mulch means less hoeing
One of the most practical advantages of mulch results in less weeding. The soil cover, creating an insulation withholds sunshine, therefore weeds are unable to grow. The mulch will gradually decompose over time turning the top layer of the soil acidic and impeding the weeds to grow. In many cases it is also recommended to use geotextile together with mulch.
More efficient frost protection with mulch
Covering the soil with mulch can be efficient against winter frost. It can be more efficient if we put several layers of mulch on the soil and recover if needed. You can protect the upper roots of your plants even in nasty frosts by setting an extra amount of mulch around the stems. Smaller mulch is likely to compass easily, therefore it is recommended to use it as the basic layer, because it works as an insulation between the soil surface and the air. It is not true that the quality of the basic layers do not matter. Many times the decorative top layer – decorative mulch – can change place with the bottom layer due to kids, dogs or simply the wind. Therefore we recommend you to use the same kind of mulch and consider using geotextile.
Mulch means less hydro bill and less pump usage
As the mulch-covered soil is less likely to warm up even in the summer heat, and evaporates less, it requires less irrigation. However it is not true that mulch would stop the surface becoming dry even on hard soil. On the other hand it is true, that mulch covered surface can evenly let the water flow through the whole surface, making irrigation more efficient.
Soil cover not only helps to save irrigation water, you can also hide the irrigation pipe underneath the mulch. This will not only make your garden look nicer, but will provide care for your irrigation system as it will be protected from direct UV rays.
More advantages of mulch
– Protects the soil structure and helps to preserve the favorable soil structure.
– Mulch can reduce erosion in gardens with hard soil, not too steep, bushy and sandy surfaces.
– Mulch can protect plants from mud in rainy weather, therefore the plant and its yield can be cleaner, reducing the possibility of catching diseases directly from the soil. Beside mulch, the professional use of geotextile has numerous advantages too.
– As mulch decomposes, it enriches the soil with nutrients. As it makes soil somewhat acidic, it is favorable for plants which like acidic soil. However this effect can be eliminated using geotextile.
– Mulch also creates favorable living conditions for small underground organisms. Underground living activity has a great effect on plants.
– Mulch helps newly planted plants to grow. Due to the soil’s higher humidity the plants’ roots can get strong faster. The advantages of mulch result in the plants, and also in the satisfaction of our customers.
What are the decorative advantages of mulch?
– Increases the esthetic value of the garden and the satisfaction of your partners. The even colors and special structure emphasize the beauty of plants and that of the garden we built.
– Fresh mulch smells good and it offers a genuine experience for your customers as following the watering the mulch and the flowers will have a powerful smell-color combination.
Decorative mulch – but which type?
Scots pine decorative mulch: thick, sienna color, high decoration value.
Jack pine decorative mulch: light brown, thick, withstands footprint damage.
Spruce decorative mulch is darker and has thinner fibers, however these are interconnected, therefore it is recommended for steep landscapes.
Black pine decorative mulch has a silver color, made of thinner fibers therefore it is recommended to use in rock gardens or in flower pots.
Larch decorative mulch is reddish—purple and can be used even indoors. This is one of the most durable type of decorative mulch.
How much mulch will I need?
The amount of mulch basically depends on the size of the territory. For the best effect it is recommended to use 5, or even better 8-10 cm thick layer. By time it will compass and decompose anyway.
To reduce the costs we recommend setting the smaller mulch as the bottom layer, and the nicer decorative mulch as the top layer, and consider the professional use of geotextile.