Mulch is an easy way to improve the look of your beds while providing benefits to the plants within them.
Mulches can prevent water loss from the underneath soil by minimizing evaporation and minimize the infestation of weeds. Mulches keep the soil cooler and preventing overheating.
During winter mulch insulates the soil keeping it warmer which minimizing frost damage. Lawn maintenance mulches protect trees and shrubs from physical damage from lawn equipment.
The best time to mulch is right after planting, near older plants and in early spring when plants are starting to grow while summer weeds have not had a chance to grow.
Mulch needs to be replenished at the start of decomposition but depends on the types of mulch used. Grass clippings and leaves need to be replenished frequently. Inorganic mulches like gravel & pebbles do not need replacement, As the plants fill in the bed area less mulch is required.