Ask the ExpertsTop Benefits of Using Mulch on Your Commercial PropertyMay 30, 2023For centuries, mulch has been used in agriculture, gardening, and landscaping due to several good reasons.Mulch is any material that protects the soil’s surface. One of the benefits of using mulch on your commercial landscape is its visual appeal. It also helps reduce weed growth and offers a low-maintenance alternative to provide ground coverage in heavily trafficked areas where maintaining healthy turf is challenging.The benefits of using mulch, such as wood chips, tree bark, pine straw, peat moss, and hay, include:Preventing erosion by keeping the soil in place and preventing it from washing or blowing away with strong winds.Retaining water and slowing the rate of evaporation, leading to better hydration for plants and water conservation.Regulating temperature by protecting delicate root systems from stress, such as keeping the soil cooler in hot summer weather and preventing frost damage in colder winter temperatures.Enhancing soil health by reintroducing essential microbes into the soil during the decomposition of organic matter, resulting in increased nutrient levels, reduced soil compaction, and the elimination of lingering traces of fertilizers, heavy metals, pesticides, and fertilizers.Preventing the growth of weeds by keeping light from penetrating the soil surface.Such is the power of mulch that it is considered a powerhouse of sustainability. In fact, environmental studies have shown that it has the ability to significantly decrease the effects of climate change through the regulation of soil temperature. Proper application is essentialSince mulch is an essential element in landscaping, proper application is important to ensure its effectiveness. Although it may seem a simple task, there are specific considerations to remember to avoid causing unintentional harm to your trees, shrubs, flowers, and other plants.For example, one critical factor in proper mulching is making sure that there is an appropriate distance between the mulch and the tree trunks or plant stems to prevent suffocation, disease, and rot.Additionally, the depth of the mulch is important and largely depends on the type, size, and consistency of the material used for mulching.Finally, the time of year also plays a role in proper mulching technique.Trust Your Mulching Needs to The ProfessionalsAs previously mentioned, mulch is available in a wide variety of materials such as wood chips, tree bark, wood chips, hay or pine straw, rubber, stones, synthetic materials, and peat moss.Choosing the right mulch for your property requires extensive research and the help of a landscaping professional with adequate skill and understanding of different mulching techniques.With 28 years of experience in landscaping, you may want to entrust your project to the capable hands of Southern Botanical’s commercial landscaping team. We will survey your property with you, provide recommendations, create a plan of action, and complete your mulching project on how and when it should be.If you intend to invest in one landscaping improvement this year, consider mulching. It can significantly enhance your curb appeal while also ensuring the health of your plants. Request a free quote today or contact us to learn more about our full range of commercial landscaping services.