Georgia summers can be scorchers, and even our mild winters can drop below freezing. Landscaped areas and gardens can be put to the test during extreme weather patterns, from drought conditions to a sudden cold spell in January. Mulch can be the best way to protect your trees, shrubs and plants during extreme weather conditions. Here are a few reasons you should use mulch to protect and beautify your yard.
Retain Soil Moisture
During the hottest, driest months of summer, it can be difficult to keep your landscaped areas and gardens healthy. Dry spells can evaporate moisture from the soil and wilt your plants, trees and shrubs. A layer of mulch can insulate the soil and trap moisture below. This can reduce how often you need to water and help protect your plants during the driest months of summer.
Protect Roots from Cold
Freezing temperatures usually do not last long in Georgia, but they can cause serious damage to our warm-season plants and trees. Mulch can provide insulation to the roots of trees, bushes and plants when cold weather unexpectedly strikes. You should keep a layer of mulch 2-4 inches deep around trees and in landscaped areas and will need to add more mulch each year as it decomposes.
Add Nutrients to the Soil
As your plants and trees thrive, they can deplete topsoil of its nutrients. Mulch is a great way to add natural nutrients back into the topsoil. Bark mulch like pine will decompose and add needed organic material to the soil to benefit your plant life.
A quality mulch like pine or cypress bark around trees and covering the ground in gardens can improve your yard’s appearance. Mulch comes in a variety of colors and types that can provide functional benefits as well as a clean, tidy appearance to your landscaped areas. Spreading new mulch each spring can protect your landscaping during the summer while sprucing up the overall appearance.
At Green Landscape Supply, we offer a variety of quality mulch products at our garden centers in Norcross and Buford. Stop by and talk to our landscaping experts to determine which mulch is best for your needs. If you need a large quantity of bulk mulch, ask about our convenient delivery options. We can deliver landscape supplies within 20 miles of our locations.