The Western Slope, which provides much of our water supply, is still in drought. And our own next drought could be just around the corner. We should give the plants the water they need but not waste a drop.
We should give plants the water they need but not waste a drop.
One way to save water and dress up the landscape in the process is to top dress bed areas with mulch. And there is nothing better to use than fresh mulch, whether 100% organic wood mulch or rock mulch (especially good for fine-prone acreages and areas).
Here are five great reasons to use mulch:
- Seasonal mulching decreases evaporation rates from the soil by as much as 35 percent, so your water use is more efficient.
- Mulching suppresses weed growth. If there are fewer weeds in your yard, there are fewer plants competing with your landscape plants for nutrients and moisture. That's another water savings.
- A healthy layer of mulch insulates plants and helps protect their roots from the extreme temperature shifts we experience in Colorado.
- As mulch breaks down, it becomes nutritious organic matter, which promotes future healthy growth.
- It looks great. Mulch creates an even appearance across the landscape and provides year-round color, texture and interest.
Mulches recycled from local pruning debris can be put back into the landscape as a healthy amendment.
It is important for you choose the right mulch and apply it properly for the most benefits. Read about how you can apply mulch correctly and not smother plants and trees in the process in the BFGC blog post called Best Tips for Mulching.
Locally sourced mulch is a sustainable option, supporting the local economy and lessening the carbon footprint. Because it is derived from organic material, it settles onto the soil and does not blow away like mulch that has been recycled from treated wood products such as pallets. It must, however, first be watered in so that it settles.