Every bed needs something to cover the ground and help protect the plants “Crown”, the core of most plants where the roots and stems originate. When you plant perennials or shrubs the best thing you can do is apply a nice new layer of mulch to act as a blanket and keep the plant protected. Mulch comes in a variety of colors and types, but no matter what you use, it will do a great job at supporting the plants its used with.
Mulch provides the plants with better moisture and its proven that less water evaporates when the soil is covered. This helps in the heat of the summer when the spring rains end and we get a dry spell. Mulch will keep the ground from drying out and will hold a lot of moisture in its fibrous wood chips keeping the plant happy and watered even in the driest parts of the year. Mimicking the natural decomposing process, mulch will eventually break down and allow nutrients back into the soil below, effectively being both a blanket and a fertilizer. Mulch has many more benefits but, on the surface, its required to retain important moisture and keep the plants healthy in stressful environments.
Coming in many different colors and types, mulch is a versatile cover and can be used in many different landscapes to accent plants or even frame plants. We prefer to use a dark brown mulch, for both its unique framing qualities and its natural appearance. A bright green plant with a dark background really makes the plant stand out and pop with color if blooming. Using natural mulch, non-colored, has a light tan-brown color and is normally a cheaper alternative to the colored mulches. This kind of mulch is very easy to use, and is just as effective in the benefits of mulch. The use of this mulch is best when used in low traffic areas and places where mass quantities are required to provide the groundcover benefits for less cost.
No matter what you choose for mulch, be assured that you will be giving your plants a great start on life and a better future.