Make Sure to Refresh Your Mulch So Your Plants Benefit From This Ground Cover!
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Make Sure to Refresh Your Mulch So Your Plants Benefit From This Ground Cover!

Wednesday, March 20, 2024

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It's recommended to refresh your mulch every year in Florida, as this ground cover consists of organic materials, which means it breaks down over time. As this happens, it releases nutrients into the soil. However, it also loses its ability to provide other health benefits to your plants, so refreshing it will ensure they continue to reap those advantages. The best times to do this are in the spring or fall, as mulch will help your landscape transition into the summer and winter seasons, respectively. It'll also keep your property's curb appeal pristine!

Mulch consists of organic materials, so it decomposes over time.

Brown mulch nuggets in a landscape bed in The Villages, FL.

One of the biggest reasons you should refresh your mulch annually is that it consists of organic materials, which means it'll break down over time. This is great for your plants because they'll receive a steady supply of nutrients as the mulch decomposes, but when the layer gets too thin, it loses its other beneficial properties. As a result, they won't be able to get the most from this ground cover.

Refreshing your mulch will ensure it provides all its intended health benefits to your plants.

By refreshing your mulch annually, your plants will not only receive a new store of nutrients but also a host of other benefits that will help maintain the health and appearance of your landscape beds. First, mulch helps suppress weeds by blocking out any sunlight or oxygen that weeds below need to sprout and grow; it also prevents any weed seeds from reaching the soil and establishing in your landscape beds. This lessens the competition for resources between weeds and your plants, along with the need for weed control treatments.

If layered appropriately, mulch can also help protect the roots of your plants from major temperature fluctuations by regulating the soil temperature. Additionally, it aids in moisture retention so that your plants stay hydrated for longer! Soil erosion will also be less of an issue since mulch will shield your soil from the elements.

When should you refresh your mulch?

The best times to refresh your mulch are in the spring and fall seasons. Spring is an excellent time to refresh your mulch because it will help prepare your plants for the summer here in Florida. Plus, adding fresh mulch in the spring can suppress new weeds from surfacing, as this season is when many germinate, boost your property's curb appeal, and give your plants a better chance of surviving the upcoming heat.

Fall is another ideal season to replenish your mulch. It will not only protect your plants' roots from colder temperatures but also insulate them, regulating the soil surface and promoting more consistent conditions. It'll also keep it moist so that they continue to stay hydrated.

You can choose from various types of mulches, such as pine nuggets and shredded cypress, to suit your aesthetic preferences.

Call us today to schedule our mulch installation service!

If you want to install beautiful mulch in your landscape beds, look no further than our team at FertiGator Lawn Care! Our mulch selection varies from pine nuggets to shredded cypress and pine straw, and you can trust that we'll install it to the proper thickness to provide maximum benefits to your plants. We also recommend replenishing your mulch annually to keep it fresh and worthwhile for them. With our decades of experience, skills, and commitment to exceeding expectations, we guarantee you'll be pleased with the results.

We serve residential properties in The Villages, Lady Lake, Wildwood, FL, and throughout the surrounding areas. Call us at (352) 314-2867 today to sign up for our mulch installation service!

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