Laying mulch down is often regarded as an optional finishing touch for your landscape beds. While it does look great, mulching also offers a variety of health benefits to your plants.

Here at B&B Lawn Care & Maintenance, we have experience with laying mulch for both residential and commercial landscapes. We provide mulch installation to properties in Florence, AL, and the surrounding communities of Muscle Shoals and Lexington. When done regularly, our clients can reap a lot of benefits from mulch installation. Check out a few of the key reasons why your landscape beds need mulch.

Mulch improves the appearance of your landscape beds.

One of the most apparent benefits that mulch offers is how it improves the appearance of your landscape beds. Mulch allows your beautiful plants and shrubs to be the primary visual focus. However, the right mulch will still complement your landscape's overall look.

When planning your mulch installation, choose a mulch that suits your Florence landscape beds' shape and plant material. For example, shredded hardwood mulch creates a natural ambiance that works well in woodland settings. Darker-colored mulches will also work well, as they can provide a bold contrast to a garden's bright colors.

If you are unsure of what kind of mulch you want for your landscape beds, our professional mulch providers can help you land on a decision.

Grass and other groundcovers require extensive care.

Grass and other groundcovers can require extensive care including watering and mowing. Plus, these live groundcovers can compete with your plants for valuable resources. Consider mulch installation as an alternative. Mulch's appearance is easy to keep up with, and it doesn't require any effort on your part except for the occasional replenishing process.

Mulch invites earthworms into your landscape beds.

If you lay organic mulch, its nutrients will be inviting to earthworms. These creatures can offer the following benefits to your landscape beds:

  • Improved drainage
  • Stable soil structure
  • More nutrients

Mulch can ward off pests.

While you want earthworms in your landscape beds, you won't want other creatures to infiltrate your landscape beds.

Certain kinds of mulch, like cypress or cedar bark, can be extremely effective at repelling insects. Cedar bark, in particular, has been known to repel:

  • Carpet beetles
  • Cockroaches
  • Cloth-eating moths
  • Termites
  • Argentine ants

Be mindful of what mulch you choose, as some types can actually encourage insects to find refuge in your landscape beds. Before making a final decision, research properly to ensure you aren't setting yourself up for a pest infestation.

Mulch inhibits weed growth and retains moisture.

Red mulch in a landscaping bed in Florence, AL.

Mulch acts as a barrier to stubborn weeds. By limiting weeds' access to sunlight and nutrients, it is extremely effective at inhibiting weed growth. Organic mulch retains moisture by absorbing water. This can be especially beneficial in the hot summer months. Mulch helps your plants thrive year-round by reducing water loss.

Are you interested in mulch installation for your residential or commercial property? Call us.

After reading about the benefits that mulch offers to your landscape beds, you may be interested in mulch installation for your home or business. Our team is available to serve residential and commercial properties in Lexington, Muscle Shoals, Florence, and the surrounding communities. Call us today at (256) 762-6379 for professional mulch installation.