Mulch is a great addition to any landscape bed. It provides numerous benefits that allow your landscaping plants to flourish. However, a common question when it comes to mulch management is how often you should replenish your mulch. The general rule of thumb is that mulch should be replenished annually. That's because mulch is composed of natural materials that decompose over time. As the mulch decomposes, it will bring down the curb appeal of your landscape beds and it won't be providing all of the benefits that it should. It's for these reasons you should replenish your mulch every spring in Indiana, so you can provide your plants with the benefits and protection it needs to tackle the summer heat while also boosting your property's curb appeal for the coming year!
Replenish your mulch annually for maximum benefits.
Since mulch is comprised of natural materials, it starts to decompose over time. And as it decomposes, you may start to notice that it doesn't provide the same benefits it did when it was first installed. To fully maximize the benefits of a mulch ground covering, it needs to be 2-3 inches thick. If the mulch in your landscape beds is too thin, you will need to replenish it in order to get the most out of it. A thick layer of mulch provides benefits such as moisture retention, weed prevention, and soil temperature regulation. To ensure your mulch is always at the appropriate thickness, you'll want to replenish it annually.
Replenish your mulch annually to boost your curb appeal.
Another reason you should replenish your mulch annually is to help boost your property's curb appeal. As your mulch deteriorates, you'll be left with a thin, unattractive layer of mulch in your landscape beds. A combination of age and heat can also dry out your mulch, causing its color to fade over time. By replenishing your mulch every year, you can keep your landscape beds looking vibrant and alive which will increase the overall curb appeal of your property.
Spring is a great time to replenish your mulch each year.
While there are a few different times you can replenish your mulch throughout the year, you should aim to do so each spring. The primary reason to replenish mulch in spring is that it prepares your plants to deal with the intense summer heat. Mulch is a great way to help your soil retain moisture, but it also helps your soil regulate temperatures and provides your soil with shade from the sun. This is especially important because the temperatures will continue to rise in spring, and you want to avoid drying out your soil and harming your landscape plants. Your plants will thrive in soil with more uniform temperatures that can retain more water.
Adding a fresh layer of mulch in spring is also a great way to combat soil erosion! It'll protect your topsoil from eroding by rainwater and strong winds.
Let us elevate your landscape! Call us today to install or replenish your mulch!
Spring is a great time to install/replenish mulch in your landscape beds. At Grow Pros Lawn Care, LLC, we use brown, black, or red hardwood mulch depending on your preference. This mulch is perfect to elevate your property's curb appeal while providing your soil with the benefits it needs to help your plants grow strong and healthy for the upcoming summer. We offer this service to commercial, residential, and HOA property owners in Elkhart, IN, as well as nearby areas such as Granger and South Bend. Give us a call today at (574) 326-3526 to install or replenish the mulch in your landscape beds this spring!