Advantages of using mulch in your landscaping

You can add 7 percent to 14 percent to your home’s value with a well-designed landscape, and adding mulch is an inexpensive, yet efficient way to spruce up your flower beds and walkways.

 

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Gregg Pulley, Wesley’s Landscaping & Lawn care:

One of the main reasons that mulch is important is that it can hold up to 21% more moisture in the landscape beds and it also keeps the soil temperature about 10 degrees cooler in landscape beds as well as preventing a lot of weeds com e up. The direct sunlight can’t necessarily expose the seedling to germination and it also increases the home value by about 14%.  In order to find out how much mulch you need it’s just a simple math equation. The length times the width will find the area and then what you want to do is divide by 100. We apply our mulch at 3 inches which is the proper depth and one yard of mulch will cover 100 square feet 3 inches deep. When it comes to purchasing mulch and what is right for your home it’s all about personal preference there is brown dyed, black dyed, a regular hardwood so there are lighter kind of browns with the mulch you can have red as well with the dyed. Actually the darker kind of mulch will expand the pupil allowing more for bright plans to be more vibrant and it will also make if you have a lighter colored house and a darker colored mulch it will actually make the beds look a little bit larger for your home as well. Typically mulch lasts about 9-12 months it breaks down naturally releasing nutrients down into the soil. Dyed mulch tends to hold a little bit better than regular hardwood mulch it holds its color a little bit more. Every month or two a homeowner typically can fluff up the mulch a little bit just to turn it over and re-release some more color so dyed mulch usually holds a little bit longer then a hardwood mulch or cypress or any other type of mulch. When purchasing mulch it’s very important that you choose a reputable dealer or a reputable landscape company just because they have a pick-up truck doesn’t mean that they are reputable landscaping company”

Angie’s List Tips:

Advantages of Mulch:

  • Keeps weeds out.
  • Releases nutrients into soil.
  • Keeps soil cooler.
  • Provides more moisture.

How much do I need?

(Length of bed)x(width of bed)/100.

Fluff your mulch every month or two.

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Comments

Using natural colored wood mulch is best for the environment. Chemical dyes have many undesirable properties. Cypress mulch destroys cypress trees. Don't use it. Melaleuca mulch (available in Florida) is a good choice. Melaleuca trees are damaging the Everglades so the trees are harvested for mulch.

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