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Benefits of Adding Mulch to Your Yard

09 MAY 2024

Benefits of Adding Mulch to Your Yard

As a property owner, maintaining a lush and healthy yard is essential. You can achieve this by covering the soil with organic material such as wood chips, straw, leaves, or rubber. This simple act is called mulching, and the arborists at the Sesmas Tree Service recommend it to maintain a healthy yard. Beyond its durable aesthetic appeal, mulch offers many benefits that enhance soil quality, conserve water, and support plant health. Here are seven reasons to consider mulching your yard.

Moisture Retention

The major benefit of mulch is its ability to hold moisture in the soil. By covering the ground with organic material, mulch reduces water evaporation from the soil surface. This is especially beneficial during hot weather or in arid climates, as it keeps the soil moist longer, reducing the need for frequent watering or tree service calls during dry spells.

Weed Suppression

Mulch is a barrier to sunlight, essential for weed germination and growth. By blocking light from reaching the soil, mulch suppresses weeds effectively, reducing the need for chemical herbicides or constant weeding. This goes a long way to save time and effort and promote a more natural and healthier garden environment.

Temperature Control 

Besides weed control, mulch provides an insulating layer for the soil, protecting it from extreme temperature fluctuations. In the summer, mulch keeps the soil cooler; in the winter, it maintains warmer soil temperatures. This temperature moderation is crucial for the survival of plants during seasonal weather extremes, leading to more resilient garden landscapes. We recommend working with a trusted tree care company for tailored mulching and other maintenance services like tree pruning. 

Soil Nutrition

As organic mulches decompose, they add valuable nutrients back into the soil. Materials like wood chips, bark, and leaves break down over time, enriching the soil with organic matter and improving its fertility. This process feeds plants and enhances the soil’s structure, promoting better root growth and overall plant health. You risk severe damage and premature tree removal projects once you deprive your yard of the proper nutrients to thrive. 

Erosion Prevention

Another benefit of mulching is that it holds the soil in place. This helps reduce the risk of erosion caused by wind and water runoff. Tree service experts recommend this yard maintenance practice on slopes or areas prone to heavy rains. We can use the wood chips following a tree trimming project to reduce the effects of raindrops directly hitting the soil, preventing soil displacement and preserving your landscape’s integrity.

Pest Control

Certain types of mulch, such as cedar bark, have natural oils that can repel some garden pests. While not a substitute for all forms of pest management, using mulch can supplement your pest control strategy, reducing the reliance on chemical treatments. Besides fostering a more balanced garden ecosystem, our certified arborists can conduct regular inspections and tree trimming sessions to ensure a pest-free yard.

Aesthetic Appeal

Last, mulch can significantly enhance the visual appeal of your yard. It provides a clean, unified look to garden beds and can create contrast and highlight specific areas of your landscape. With various colors and materials available, your tree care company can choose mulch to complement your home and garden’s style and color scheme. Tree removal can be a viable option if a tree on your yard is compromising the overall aesthetics of your property.

Adding mulch to your yard is a simple yet effective way to promote a healthier, more vibrant garden. Its ability to hold moisture, suppress weeds, regulate soil temperature, and add aesthetic value makes it an invaluable landscape management component. Contact us at Sesmas Tree Service to incorporate mulch into your yard care routine and enhance the health and beauty of your outdoor spaces. At friendly rates, we provide comprehensive services, including tree pruning, mulching, and removal.