A Mulch For All Seasons

06.12.17 | Blog


A MULCH FOR ALL SEASONS

Year-Round Gardening & Landscaping With Mulch From Recycled Tires

Recycled rubber from shredded tires is fast gaining popularity as an alternative sustainable mulching material for year-round landscaping and gardening.

MULCHING HELPS…

  • Prevent weeds
  • Retain soil moisture
  • Protect plants from freezing
  • Prevent soil erosion
  • Ensurefertilizer and water go straight to the roots

 

ORGANIC VS. SYNTHETIC

Not all mulch is created equal. Some organic mulches can go to seed and germinate in garden beds. Some can be too acidic for plants to handle. They can attract rodents, and insects and can even catch fire. Synthetic mulch, on the other hand, has many advantages. In addition to obviously reducing landfill materials, it’s cheaper in the long run, offers better shock-absorption and requires less maintenance.

YEAR-ROUND USES & TIPS

While mulching should be part and parcel of your gardening and landscaping routine, it’s important to know the best season to schedule your outdoor mulching activities and learn tips to do them properly.

SPRING

  • This is the best season to check for weeds or diseased plants and to reapply mulch over new saplings and seedlings.
  • Mulching keeps soil temperature even, so hibernating plants won’t get stressed from weather fluctuations.

 

SUMMER

  • Mulching helps retain soil moisture so plants don’t dry out in the heat.
  • Avoid applying mulch too closely to tree bases. Organic mulch can retain excess moisture and cause rot, or attract insects and rodents, so choosing mulch made from recycled tires is a great alternative option

 

FALL

  • This is the best season for weeding and mulching due to weather that isn’t too hot or too cold to be outdoors.
  • Mulching can help prevent weed germination even when plants are dormant.
  • Prior to mulching, rake fallen leaves before the moisture sets in. It will improve soil quality and turf condition in time for winter.

 

WINTER

  • Spread a thicker layer of mulch to protect plants, roots and soil from freezing.
  • Avoid using straw or hay in colder months, as rodents and other small animals can make nests out of them.
  • Consider using rubber mulch for outdoor footpaths. It doesn’t freeze or get slippery.

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