"BEHOLD, MY FRIENDS, THE SPRING IS COME; THE EARTH HAS GLADLY RECEIVED THE EMBRACES OF THE SUN, AND WE SHALL SOON SEE THE RESULTS OF THEIR LOVE." -Sitting Bull
The time has come indeed. You know Spring is here when the tulips begin to rear their bulbous blossoms. Enough is enough Winter! Leave our Cherry Blossums in peace so that I may bask in their pinkish hue.
Spring is truely in the air and Sitting Bull nailed it. We will soon see the results. This applies to all your pesky growers as well. Dandelion, ragweed, and crabgrass are all on the move. There are, however, some methods of attacking our lawns' mortal enemies. One amazing, natural solution can often be overlooked. I'm talking mulch, baby! Adding a fresh layer of mulch to your beds offers several benefits.
ONE: Mulch limits the amount of sunshine that reaches those nasty weed seeds. By filling the areas around your favorable foliage with mulch you decrease the amount of unwanted growth while adding a nice backdrop for your blossums.
TWO: Mulch holds moisture. Organic mulch absorbs water while simultaneously shading the soil beneath. The extra layer will decelerate evaporation of moisture in the soil and will consequently reduce your water bill each month.
THREE: Certain types of mulch will deter insects from invading your space. Cedar mulch is a great example. The scent of cedar is known to ward away insects such as termites, cockroaches, cloth eating moths, beetles, ticks, ants, nats, and fleas. All your favorites, right? P.S. your garden will smell glorious!
As if these reasons were not enough, mulch just makes your garden pop! Gives it that 'je ne sais quoi'. It adds a natural barrier between your plants and your lawn as well as creating a strong contrast. Surrounding bushes and trees with mulch will prevent damage from lawn equipment. Plastic string swirling 1000 mph through the air can be a Hostas worst nightmare! So do your plants a favor, start spreading!