Mulch Madness

Mulch Madness

Mulch is a lawn-maintenance multitasker that we can’t imagine our Hernando County lawns without. In fact, the Challenger Irrigation team thinks you should be as excited about mulch as we are. Before you think we’re making Mulch Ado About Nothing, read these fun facts about the Florida lawn’s best friend.

Types of Mulch

There are basically two types of mulch: organic and inorganic. Organic mulches, such as cedar chips, pine straw, and hay, disintegrate over time, while inorganic mulches, such as pebbles, crushed rock, or shredded rubber, do not disintegrate. Each type has its perks and drawbacks: Organic mulch provides nutrients to the soil, but needs to be replaced due to deterioration; inorganic mulch is long-lasting, but does nothing to enrich the soil or plants that grow in it.

The Overall Benefits of Mulch

As we mentioned, mulch is a multitasker. Using mulch can provide many benefits, including:

  • It helps retain soil moisture. This matters most when you’re trying to keep your beautiful flowers, plants, and even vegetables hydrated while still complying with Hernando County watering restrictions.
  • It helps control weeds. Because it prevents sun from seeping into the soil, weeds don’t grow as easily. When they do rear their ugly heads, they are not as plentiful and thus, easier to remove.
  • Some mulches help with pest control. Mulches made from cypress, cedar, or pine are known to repel not only gnats, but fleas and ticks, as well — making mulch a friend to animals, as well.
  • Mulch prevents soil erosion. Whether from a wayward weed whacker or a summer storm, our soil and whatever is planted beneath can sustain great damage. Mulch helps everything stay put.

The Bottom Line

Using mulch protects your plants, keeps your water bill down, and — provided that you are mulching with organic materials — can even help the environment. Whatever type you choose, be sure to use enough for about 3 inches of depth.

If you’re using mulch but still having problems keeping your landscaping alive, you could have a problem with your irrigation system. Challenger Irrigation is here to help ensure that your sprinklers flow perfectly and your Spring Hill lawn looks its best. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment with one of our irrigation specialists.