What is mulch?

Technically, mulch is any protective covering spread over soil to help reduce unwanted weeds and erosion while providing benefits such as soil enrichment and moisture retention. When we say “mulch,” we are talking about the organic type typically made from chipped or shredded trees as it is the most widely used in our region.

The color of mulch can vary from untreated, earthy tones to artificially dyed red, black, and even purple. Of course, color is a matter of preference, but our favorite is chocolate. This dark brown mulch compliments our natural landscape and holds it’s rich color far longer than untreated varieties.

What are the benefits of mulch?

We’re glad you asked! Mulch benefits your gardens and landscape beds in many ways. Freshly installed mulch gives your home’s exterior a clean, cared for appearance. It acts as a backdrop for the vibrant colors of your trees, shrubs, and perennials while giving the planted areas of your yard shape and definition. Beyond aesthetics, the main benefits of mulch include:

Moisture Retention

Moisture Retention

Evaporation occurs much faster when your landscape soil is left uncovered which causes you to use more water to keep your plants healthy.

Weed Suppression

Weed Suppression

Mulch, at the proper thickness, acts as an effective weed barrier because it prevents weeds from gaining a foothold in your landscape soil.

Nutrient Replenishment

Nutrient Replenishment

Organic mulches break down over time. As mulch decomposes, it releases nutrients back into the soil where they can be used by your ornamental plants.

Winter Protection

Winter Protection

During our cold Nebraska winters, mulch protects the root systems of our trees, shrubs, and perennials by insulating them from sub-freezing temperatures.