Keep your winter landscape looking fresh with mulch.
December 3, 2014 | By Roundtree Landscaping
To say the weather here in Dallas is unpredictable is probably an understatement. One day its 80 degrees and we’re showing off our new sundresses and sandals; the next day we’re pulling out sweaters and winter boots. When it comes to outfitting our gardens, there is one accessory that never goes out of style and is always in season … mulch!
While it may seem like mulch may not do very much, it’s actually a powerhouse of the garden in terms of both substance and style. It’s amazing what a fresh layer of much can do to freshen up a landscape that is looking a bit beaten up by either the summer heat or recent freezes. Ever wonder how that neighbor’s landscape down the street always looks so polished? We’re betting they keep the landscape beds mulched regularly. Mulch gives the entire landscape a finished look. Guests coming for the weekend? If you can get in a quick mow and put down a layer of fresh mulch, you’ll do wonders for your home’s curb appeal.
Which mulch is best?
Depending on your style or home’s architecture, there are several different types of mulches you can choose. Shredded hardwood mulches are deep rich brown in color and pack down tightly. Shredded cedar mulch offers up a reddish tone, while cypress mulch is blonde. Pine needles can also be used as a mulch in perennial beds or in natural pathways. You might also consider using certain hardscape materials as a mulch; for example pea gravel or expanded shale can be used to topdress moisture sensitive plants such as lavender.
Style aside, mulch works hard in the garden. While it’s busy making your landscape look great, it’s also insulating plant roots from extreme temperatures, both in winter and in summer. Mulch significantly cuts down on water evaporation from the soil, so you don’t have to water as often. Tired of excess weeds? A topdressing of mulch will help cut down on weed seed germination. After it’s done all that hard work for you, it will break down and add organic matter back into your soil.
In order to reap all of these benefits of using mulch, you’ll need to add fresh mulch each season. At a minimum, a spring and fall topdressing of new mulch is a good goal. To keep your landscape looking it’s best, consider refreshing mulch each of the four main seasons.