Mulch is important in lawn care and landscaping for many reasons. The most straightforward being that a proper mulch helps you win the fight against weeds. Mulch maintains the soil’s water and the optimal warmth needed for great plants. Nowadays mulches are also used for beautifying the environment around your home.
For those who don’t know those appealing red, brown and black mulches are dyed mulches. These mulches are made from chipped hardwood that has been dyed. The objective of dye application to these mulches is to keep the mulches attractive for long since the natural ones lose their attractive colors over time. The color of dyed mulches is stable for long periods and enhances the look of your compound. Other than the red, brown, and black colors you can also find other colors such as gold and other natural shades.
The selection of the hardwood mulch is dependent upon the homeowner. Some are die-hard naturalists, while others compromise with nature a little to get the look they want. A good number of people worry about how safe for use is the colored mulch. The good news is that the dyes applied originate from plants and therefore there are not risky for use. Another way to make sure that you are using safe materials you can check those that are permitted by the mulch and soil council. This will help to get rid of harmful mulches that end up polluting the soil.
Hardwoods are not the only producers of mulching materials. The softwood, pine, is used in pine bark, pine straw, and pine bark nuggets. Pine bark mulch is similar to the hardwood mulches. It is a durable mulch with the larger pieces lasting longer than the smaller ones. Pine bark mulches give rise to very nutritious soils when they undergo decomposition.
Pine leaves which are needle-like structures make up the pine straw mulch when they are assembled then grouped in heaps for sale. The advantages of this mulch is that it is affordable, natural and application is easy. It is very good for controlling erosion in a sloppy area and does not wash away as some other mulches can. It rots easily but can be replaced as often. Pine straw is particularly appropriate to use around plants that love an acid soil.
Pine bark nuggets resemble the barks except that they are bigger. This means that they will d decompose more slowly than the smaller pieces. To avoid being carried by rain waters they should be used in plain regions.