First thing first: what purpose does mulch serve?
Go big or go home. Mulch definitely fits that bill, all be about mulch going home – to your home, that is! Mulch is versatile, environmentally friendly, easy to manage, and looks outstanding in anyone’s outdoor living space.
While all these things are very complementary to say about mulch, they don’t do a very good job add explaining what mulch actually does for our Florida lawns. Let’s take a look at some awesome things that mulch does for your space, as well as some of the best materials for mulch to complement our lawns and flower beds here in Florida.
The Defender of the green.
Everything you grow that’s green requires definitive nutrients and essential things like sunlight, air, and water to help it grow and look stunning. This is all a very delicate balance and an intricate dance; however, it needs to be protected to work properly.
The various types of mulch that are available for our Florida lawns help preserve the nutrients in the soil already existing and even provide some of its nutrition. Acting similarly to fertilizer, some mulches, as they deteriorate, provide excellent nutrition to the roots of our flowers and plants.
The Keeper of the water.
We all know water is the stuff of life. Any life, be it human or plant life, precious H2O is and assess city to facilitate growth and health. Sometimes during the hotter months of the year here in the Sunshine State, our soil tends to get a bit on the scorched side. Dried-out soil is a recipe to create an uninhabitable environment for our green things to grow.
Leave it up to mulch to save the day yet again! Since mulch acts as a barrier of sorts between the sun’s scorching rays and the soil beneath, the moisture that gets into the soil via irrigation or rain tends to do a lot less evaporating and more feeding of the roots of the soil our plants and flowers.
The Blocker of the weeds.
Weeds are plants that are not our friends. While there are some great products we can use on our lawns, sometimes weed control is not as flower-friendly. So the question then becomes: how do we protect our plants and flowers from a weed invasion in our flowerbeds and around our trees?
Mulch provides the best solution to this particular problem. Because mulch stifles the direct sunlight that we need to thrive and grow, it also stifles their ability to grow amongst your flowers and plants. Weeds tend to steal nutrients and water from the green things we truly want growing, and mulch prevents this from happening too.
The Premier Fashion trendsetter.
Have we mentioned how absolutely fabulous mulch looks too in a flower bed and around your trees? With how versatile mulch is, One would assume you may be sacrificing functionality for beauty. However, this couldn’t be more untrue.
Mulch comes in such a wide variety of organic and non-organic materials that half the fun of its use is choosing which mulch to use to suit your individual outdoor space. Whether you prefer something organic like pine straw or wood chips or something non-organic like rubber pellets or river rock, there will always be a material that will suit your aesthetic.
Organic or non: that is the question.
There is always going to be a perpetual taking of sides when it comes to the use of organic or non-organic materials in our outdoor spaces. When it comes to mulch, both styles of material have their pros and their cons.
The pros of organic materials are that they release important nutrients as they decompose as well as being more recyclable in terms of environmental friendliness. The cons are that they need to be replaced more often and, due to that, are frequently more costly.
Non-organic materials used for mulch do not have to be replaced very frequently and last a long time. Therefore they are friendlier on your pocketbook. While not environmentally unfriendly because it doesn’t decompose, it’s a little less recyclable.
Pining away: Pine bark and pine straw.
Pine bark and pine straw are some of the most popular types of organic mulch on the market here in Florida. It tends to be that way because both materials are relatively easy to use, easy to come by, cost-effective, and incredibly environmentally friendly. They release some fantastic nutrients into the soil and thus are a great Florida flower bed choice!
It’s a hard(wood) knocked life.
Spare wood that ends up getting thrown out often having been treated becomes hardwood mulch in many cases. The great news about that is that it’s already been recycled, keeping you as green as your plants. It also looks fantastic in a variety of flower beds and around our Florida trees.
As a non-organic source of mulch, rubber pellets are often a great way to go. They give your flower beds and lawn area a very refined and clean look as they are often black to accentuate the beauty of the flowers they are surrounding. In Florida, the heat can create an unpleasant odor, and for this reason, this is not usually considered as a mulching option in our state.
A river of rocks runs through it.
One of our favorite non-organic sources is gorgeous river rock or other types of pebbles. The only major downfall to this as a source of mulch is that there is no breaking down of any material, but the positive there is that river rock can last forever, so it needs to be replaced very infrequently.
Your Premier mulching experts.
Lucky you, you have a whole team of experts in the wonders of mulch on your side! We will help you pick out the perfect mulch, decide on just the right places for it, and get it laid and maintained – all with the expertise, friendly customer service, and integrity that Premier Lawn Care is known for! We are committed to treating your lawn like one of our own.