7 Benefits of Mulch

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7 Benefits of Mulch

Out of all of the ways to landscape, perhaps the most environmentally friendly way to landscape is by using mulch.

Mulch offers a number of benefits, some of which are aesthetic, some of which foster the growth of your plants and some of which enhance the functionality of your yard. Here are 7 benefits to using mulch. 

  1. Keeps Soil Moisturized

One of the best ways to ensure that plants are getting enough water is to lay down mulch. Mulch acts as a barrier between the sun and the soil, reducing evaporation, and keeping moisture underground so that your plants can feast on it. This fosters the growth of not only flowers, but of grass as well. Not to mention, if moisture remains in the ground, you won’t have to water your plants as much.

  1. Balances Ground Temperatures

Not only does mulch retain water in your soil, it also regulates its temperature. Most plants thrive in soil temperatures between 65 degrees Fahrenheit and 100 degrees Fahrenheit. When your plants awaken from dormancy in early spring, they are almost always subject to rapid temperature fluctuations. Surrounding them with mulch will ensure that their soil temperatures remain in the optimal range.

  1. Eliminates Weeds

Are you tired of pulling weeds out of your yard on a regular basis? If so, you can greatly benefit from using mulch.

Again, mulch acts as a barrier to the sun, preventing sunlight from making its way down into the soil. Because weeds need sunlight to grow, mulch essentially prevents their existence.

  1. Absorbs Natural Waste

Another benefit of mulch is that it puts natural waste to work. When dead leaves or trimmed grass are added to mulch, they slowly become part of the mulch. In essence, they are absorbed to the point that they just become part of mulch’s homogeneous mixture.

After this natural waste has been absorbed by mulch, its minerals and nutrients can be used to foster the growth of live grass and other living plants.

  1. Aesthetically Pleasing

While its practical benefits are probably a little more convincing, mulch’s appearance is a benefit in and of itself.

The existence of mulch in your yard not only creates a pleasing contrast with grass, it also acts as a framing barrier to trees and green plants. Having mulch in your yard can do a lot to boost your property’s curb appeal.

  1. Reduces Erosion

The plants in your yard need topsoil in order to grow. Topsoil contains elements such as carbon, hydrogen, phosphorus, and potassium which are vital to the growth of plants.

When hard rains come, they can wash away this topsoil, leaving your plants deficient in specific nutrients. But by laying down mulch, you are able to reduce erosion, ensuring that your plants get the minerals that they need.

  1. Makes Landscaping Easier

Unless you participate in landscaping as a hobby, it can sometimes be an annoyance. Trimming weeds, mowing grass, and ensuring that everything on your property is tidy takes a considerable amount of time.

With mulch, your landscaping responsibilities will be cut down substantially. There will be no reason to landscape areas where mulch exists.

Looking to Reap the Benefits of Mulch?

Have you decided to experience the benefits of mulch? Do you live in the Chicagoland area? If so, we here at Lakeshore Recycling Systems have got you covered.

Our mulch is made from 100% recycled wood, and comes in four different types: premium red, premium brown, double ground natural, and economy brown. We can help you choose the right type of mulch in order to enhance both the functionality and aesthetic of your yard.

Contact us to learn how we can help you!

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