Mulch and Pine Straw Beautify and Protect Our Local Ecosystem

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mulch_and_pine_straw_November.jpgSpring and Fall are great times to apply a fresh layer of mulch or pine straw, as it provides a layer of insulation that protects root systems from big temperature fluctuations common during these transitional seasons.  Plus, a fresh layer of mulch or pine straw instantly boosts your curb appeal.  But did you know that it can also help our environment?  

There are different types of mulch, and each type has unique qualities and wears differently.  However, a professor in the department of horticulture and forest services/environmental conservation at Virginia Tech recently published the results of a study that shows that ALL types of mulch significantly reduce erosion.  According to the study, bare soil lost about five times MORE sediment than soils covered by mulch.  This is a significant benefit to your landscape that goes beyond aesthetics. 

In addition to reducing erosion, groundcovers also act as an important part of the water cycle by absorbing rainfall and helping soil retain moisture - and therefore reducing the amount of runoff.  By absorbing and retaining moisture, mulch reduces the amount of water that is siphoned off into our local storm water control systems.  Soil is also an important part of the water cleansing cycle, and by increasing the amount of water that reaches and is retained by soil, mulch is helping our overall local water quality and conservation. 

In addition to these benefits, mulch and pine straw also suppresses weeds, which are not only and eyesore, but crowd the plants in your landscape and compete for valuable nutrients in your soil. 

The only downside to adding a fresh layer of mulch or pine straw is the time and energy it takes to haul the heavy bags from your local garden center and distribute it evenly amongst your beds.  We’re here to help!  The landscape experts at Handy Andy Outdoors will accurately calculate the amount of mulch or pine straw needed, and charge you only for the amount used, so you don’t need to worry about overage.   Our team of professionals will deliver and install only quality mulch materials, sourcing the materials from trusted vendors and inspecting the mulch for common problems such as mold before installation.  We also avoid common mistakes, such as application of excessively thin barriers that reduce the benefits associated with protection from erosion and runoff, or excessively thick barriers that can harbor insects and mold.  Overall, our team will maximize the benefits that mulch can provide to beautify your landscape and help our local environment.  Contact us today to schedule your fresh application of mulch!

 

*source: The study was led by professor Susan Day from Virginia Tech

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