The dump truck dumps that big pile of mulch in the driveway of your Northern Virginia home. As you wheelbarrow and shovel and spread, you start to wonder if this whole mulching thing is worth the effort.
Here are 5 reasons why you definitely want to mulch in Northern Virginia.
1. Soil Moisture
Especially during the spring, mulching your gardens helps to keep the soil moist and prevents the soil from drying out. Moist soil means less watering, which helps to conserve water.
2. Controls Weeds
Mulch prevents those weeds from popping up in your flower and vegetable gardens. No weeds means you don’t have to spend time pulling out those pesky weeds and creates a healthier growing environment for whatever you’re growing.
3. Soil Insulation
Mulch helps to keep the soil cooler in the spring and summer and warmer in the fall and winter. It prevents the ground from the effects of thawing and freezing, freezing and thawing.
4. Enriches & Loosens Soil
Mulching at any time of the year helps to enrich the soil where you’re growing your flowers, plants, fruits, and vegetables.
5. Water Conservation
Because mulch helps to keep the soil moist, it means you have to water your plants less often. Less watering on your part means that you are conserving water.
So as you are wheelbarrowing that mulch from the pile in your driveway to your garden beds, rest assured it is well worth the effort–for you, your garden, and the environment.