Concerning Mulch - PART TWO

Written by Tammy Clayton

Copyright © 2005 Tammy Clayton

The use of shredded wood mulch exists for reasons unknown to many of us. It is true and a good point thatrepparttar mulch does in fact control erosion in a new planting prior torepparttar 113336 roots taking hold ofrepparttar 113337 soil. The wood mulch does retain more moisture and insulaterepparttar 113338 roots from extreme temperatures. Thereforerepparttar 113339 addition of a mulch is in deed beneficial for a newly installed shrub and tree landscape. The truth is folks have been successfully growing landscapes and gardens for centuries prior to this modern innovation commonly known as shredded mulch. Sorepparttar 113340 mulch is put down initially to aidrepparttar 113341 plants in adjusting to their new home with less setbacks and repercussions. Butrepparttar 113342 renewal of mulch is whererepparttar 113343 problems seem to begin.

Firstly there should never be more than 3 inches of shredded wood mulch applied afterrepparttar 113344 installation of new plants. Some seem to think that more is better, this is not true of mulch. Exceeding 4 inches holds too much moisture and can cause plants to decline from rot and even die becauserepparttar 113345 soil cannot breathe or soak up warmth fromrepparttar 113346 sun to rid itself of excess moisture that may be present at times. Incidentally,repparttar 113347 presence of mushrooms in a lawn or planting bed is totally due to decomposing wood matter. Whether mulch mixed with soil or an old tree stump’s roots that reside beneathrepparttar 113348 current lawn. Rotting wood and moisture have always caused mushrooms to grow. It is best if one is to cultivate mushrooms to plan ahead and cultivate those that are edible and cut down onrepparttar 113349 grocery bill rather than those that just make a mess inrepparttar 113350 landscape

What happens to all those additional layers of mulch you add torepparttar 113351 beds because you likerepparttar 113352 “fresh” look it gives you yard? Perhaps first it would be best to ask yourself, what happened torepparttar 113353 FIRST layer of mulch. The same thing that happens onrepparttar 113354 floor ofrepparttar 113355 forest. Over time, every leaf, twig and fallen limb decomposes to replenishrepparttar 113356 soil available onrepparttar 113357 forest floor. The very same thing is happening in your planting beds...the mulch becomes soil. Whenrepparttar 113358 pretty mulch has disappeared a nice young man in a uniform appears after a phone call and puts a nice thick new layer where you direct him to do so. The lumber company who made money on a waste product is very happy. The mulch company is happy because you paid you bill. The nice young man inrepparttar 113359 uniform is happy because he got paid. You are happy withrepparttar 113360 fresh new appearance of your yard. The one soul who is not questioned about this practice, isrepparttar 113361 one that is effectsrepparttar 113362 most...the plants! Over time, this freshening ofrepparttar 113363 mulch can cause unexplainable health problems.

Concerning Mulch - PART ONE

Written by Tammy Clayton

Copyright © 2005 Tammy Clayton

"I don’t want any weeds to have to deal with."

The infamous statement uttered by millions. That is a pretty tall order to attempt to fill. Overrepparttar years, I have discovered that many people believerepparttar 113335 fallacy that rock mulch over plastic or landscape cloth will render their planting free of weeds forever and ever. Covering uprepparttar 113336 soil equals no weeds?

In truth this is an absolutely not possible. After fighting weeds on hundreds of acres over decades of weeks, I can assure you it is just not possible. Nothing is sure in life but weeds and taxes. It is best to Acceptrepparttar 113337 fact that one will have to deal with them after a while.

That plastic will begin to deteriorate and poke up throughrepparttar 113338 mulch looking very unsightly. Don’t try to remove it after a few years either, it will fall all apart and be partly underrepparttar 113339 dirt and partly stuck inrepparttar 113340 root systems ofrepparttar 113341 maturing shrubs. You’ll not be able to till up parts ofrepparttar 113342 bed for a new look without angst overrepparttar 113343 rototiller being all bound up with strips of plastic and rocks wedged tightly betweenrepparttar 113344 tines.

Landscape plastic will only delayrepparttar 113345 weeds and cause another series of problems. It is commonly known that plastic repels water. That little hole left inrepparttar 113346 plastic sheeting aroundrepparttar 113347 base of your shrub or tree is not going to allow enough water to pass through torepparttar 113348 roots at all. The fullerrepparttar 113349 leaf canopy,repparttar 113350 less water will drip down through torepparttar 113351 center insteadrepparttar 113352 majority ofrepparttar 113353 moisture will run off aroundrepparttar 113354 drip line. Plastic does not breathe either and healthy roots need air along with their water for plants to be healthy and flourish.

Stone mulch will either makerepparttar 113355 roots hotter or colder, depending onrepparttar 113356 weather as stone radiates heat and cold. The reason for mulch to be applied is to insulaterepparttar 113357 root system from extremes and help retain moisture longer to promoterepparttar 113358 health ofrepparttar 113359 plants. Those plants that need air torepparttar 113360 roots will not thrive under plastic and stone where insufficient air makes them weak and sickly.

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