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Atlanta, GA tree professionals want to talk about the benefits of yearly mulching. 

Mulch: What Is It?

Mulching is simply a way to cover the soil surrounding the base of plants, trees, and shrubs. Some mulch provides nutrients for the plants while others do not. It is best to try to find a mulch that has nutrients for the plant. All of the different types of mulch are listed below. They all work to efficiently over, protect, and hold moisture within the soil to keep the plant as healthy as possible. There are different tips to consider when mulching as well. All of this and more are explained below. 

The Different Types of Mulch

There are numerous types of mulch but they all fall into two simple categories, organic and synthetic. In an attempt to help preserve the planet as much as possible, people are growing accustomed to using organic, all-natural mulch for their plants. 

Here are some of the organic mulches to choose from:

  • Shredded Leaves
  • Straw
  • Pine Needles
  • Chipped or Shredded Bark

The synthetic mulches include: 

  • Stone
  • Gravel
  • Landscaping fabric
  • Black Plastic

Many homeowners that continue to use synthetic mulches do so because they believe it is cheaper. However, most of the organic mulches come directly from trees and plants anyway, so they really aren’t all that expensive, to begin with. Not to mention the fact that organic mulches also provide plants nutrients, while synthetic mulches do not. Synthetic mulch is NOT recommended because they can increase soil temperature, not regulate it. 

Why Is Mulch Important? What Are the Benefits?

The main reason mulching is so important is because it holds in moisture, longer. This is crucial during the summer months, especially during the drought season. The mulch will hold onto the water longer so homeowners don’t have to worry about watering their landscaping as often. 

Below are a few other benefits of regular mulching: 

  • It improves the quality of the soil by breaking it up and allowing more airflow
  • Acts as an insulator to keep the soil cooler during the summer
  • Reduces weeds from popping up

For as cheap as it is, investing in mulch every year is one of the best things homeowners can do for their trees and landscaping. It takes minimal effort to do and protects the plants all summer long. It’s something that shouldn’t ever be passed up. 

Professional Tips To Properly Mulch

Before talking about the specifics of how to mulch, there are three things that every homeowner must always remember: 

  1. Never apply mulch deeper than three inches
  2. Never touch mulch to the base of a tree
  3. Turn the old mulch before applying new mulch

Following these steps will ensure that homeowners always receive the most benefits from mulching rather than any negatives. Failure to follow these steps could result in serious negative outcomes like diseased trees. 

That said, here are some steps on how to apply mulch:

  • Turn the old mulch with a garden weasel 
  • Apply the new mulch lightly and evenly, ensuring you don’t overapply. 
  • When mulching near large trees, leave about a foot of space around the base of the trunk.
  • Use a rake or shovel to smooth it out when finished, try not to use heavy equipment

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