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Mulch

A mulch is a layer of material applied to the surface of an area of soil. Its purpose is any or all of the following::
                           ■     to conserve moisture
                           ■     to improve the fertility and health of the soil
                           ■     to reduce weed growth
                           ■     to enhance the visual appeal of the area

Mulch is usually applied towards the beginning of the growing season, and is often reapplied as necessary. It serves initially to warm the soil by helping it retain heat which is lost during the night. This allows early seeding and transplanting of certain crops, and encourages faster growth. As the season progresses, mulch stabilizes the soil temperature and moisture, and prevents sunlight from germinating weed seeds.

The effect of mulch is dependent upon the time of year at which it is applied as it tends to slow changes in soil temperature and moisture content. Mulch, when applied to the soil in late winter/early spring, will slow the warming of the soil by acting as an insulator, and will hold in moisture by preventing evaporation. Mulch, when applied at the time of peak soil temperatures in mid-summer, will maintain high soil temperatures further into the autumn (fall). The effect of mulch upon soil moisture content in mid-summer is complex however. Mulch prevents sunlight from reaching the soil surface, thus reducing evaporation. However, mulch can absorb much of the rainfall provided during light rainfall, which will later quickly evaporate when exposed to sunlight, thus preventing absorption into the soil, while heavy rainfall is able to saturate the mulch layer, and reach the soil below.

WE PURCHASE THE BEST QUALITY MULCH WE CAN FIND TO HELP MAINTAIN A PICTURE PERFECT YARD FOR YOUR HOME!

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