Homeowners and business owners often use mulch and pine straw in gardening beds. Many think it’s only because of the aesthetic value. However, using these two substances in raised beds and gardens of many types provides other benefits. Here are three of the top benefits.
Increase Curb Appeal and Property Value
Due to the aesthetic value provided by mulching, both homes and businesses improve curb appeal. This is one of the most important factors when it comes to assessing property values. By helping keep down weeds and retaining moisture, plants flourish improving the appeal of the property. Freshly mulched beds give a yard a crisp, clean appearance.
Helps Plants and Trees Retain Moisture
Mulching provides two benefits when it comes to moisture. Water easily flows through the cover to the ground underneath. The substances also absorb some water and reduce evaporation rates while reducing water runoff. Retaining moisture helps plants and trees have easy access to it. This also insulates the ground, keeping it warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.
Provides Weed Control
Controlling unwanted growth is an ongoing problem. Using a layer of mulch and pine straw in beds blocks the sun from reaching plant life beneath the layer. To inhibit the growth of weeds, the layer needs to be thick enough sunlight cannot pass through. It also needs to be placed carefully close to the stems of the growing plants. Make sure the mulch and pine straw don’t cover the tops and leaves of plants to be nurtured.
If you’re interested in gaining these benefits from adding mulch and pine straw to a bed, contact us for more information.