Mulching is an essential part of getting the most out of your commercial landscaping. The mulch adds a protective barrier to the roots of plants and trees and also adds an extra layer of soil.
There are numerous natural mulching options, some of which you can even get from your backyard. Materials such as bark, wood chips, pine needles, straw, and grass clippings make the best natural decomposing mulches. Otherwise, you can consider incorporating non-decomposing, non-organic materials like black plastic, landscaping fabric, recycled tires, pebbles, and river rock. We do not recommend using recycled tires or black plastic
There are literally dozens of benefits that mulching will bring to your commercial landscaping plan, but these are our top five:
Weeds are not just unsightly in the garden, they can also damage your plants and parasitic weeds can certainly kill them. Mulching provides a layer on top of the soil, which makes it harder for weeds to breakthrough in order to grow. The extra layer also provides another barrier that stops sunlight from reaching the open spaces in which weeds thrive. Wide areas are notoriously popular with weed growth, and this is because open spaces allow them to drop seeds and germinate into the soil easily. Mulching deprives weeds of bare ground, which means that the seeds never get the opportunity to touch the soil. Weeds seeds can range from 200 to 54,000 seeds per square foot of soil.
One of the most vital components of commercial landscaping is ensuring that your garden doesn’t just look good, but that it is also able to withstand periods of sporadic rainfall. This is particularly true here in Central Valley where we have water restrictions and are currently in the fifth year of drought. Mulch is a great way to keep your soil moist. The extra layer stops the sun from evaporating the moisture in the heat of the day, and this, in turn, results in cool, moist soil that is best for growing happy and healthy plants.
Preventing soil erosion
Soil erosion is always a concern in a commercial landscaping project, and by mulching your garden you could seriously lessen the amount of soil you are losing to the elements. To start with, the mulch keeps the soil moist, which makes it much harder to erode away. It also provides vital protection from the impact of heavy raindrops, which displace the soil, as well as a barrier between the bare ground and the wind – mulching protects the soil from getting swept up.
Maintaining soil nutrients
Mulching in your commercial landscaping plan is also a great way to efficiently create and maintain healthy nutrient levels in your soil. The material protects the nutrients from getting washed away by the rain and wind. If you are using an organic material as you mulch, then it will begin to naturally break down and release nutrients into your soil, which keeps it rich and healthy. Worms and soil microbes will help break the material down and in doing so they will benefit the soil with essential nutrients which encourages a healthy soil ecosystem.
Your commercial landscaping success will also be affected by pests and insects from time to time, and controlling the culprits is an important aspect of a healthy garden. Certain mulches are known to be more effective pest controllers than others. Some bark deters certain insects and not others, so that is an important consideration to keep in mind, as some mulches attract insects – ask a professional for assistance on this when you are buying mulch. Mulches with a strong fragrance are the most likely to deter insects and barks such as cedar are particularly effective.
Mulching promotes a healthy growing environment for trees, shrubs, and plants and it should be a part of any landscape maintenance plan. It’s also a great way to incorporate open spaces that are aesthetically pleasing too and provides a way to separate plants from buildings and other equipment.
Get expert advice and tips on how to look after your commercial property, from experienced professionals in the commercial landscaping business, by downloading our guide: Landscape Maintenance Guide for a Commercial Property Owner.