Mulch has that unique ability to stabilize not only the visual aspects of your landscaped area but it also stabilizes and nurtures the soil that it covers as it discomposes. It’s easy to forget the benifits you and your soil derive when you practice a well thought out mulching plan for your yard.
We all see the beauty of surrounding trees, shrubs, flower beds, walkways, driveways, vegetable patches, fountains, statues and buildings with generous layers of mulch. The thought and work we put in during the spring weekends leading to summer will open up our landscaped yard to neighborhood praise and smiles from people passing by.
Underneath the mulch the environmental benefits are taking place. Those layers of mulch are helping to control soil erosion and retain moisture, Mulch also helps the soil breathe by slowing the rate of compaction and helping to retain the soil itself. Weeds under mulch will grow at a significantly reduced rate and mulch provides rich nutrients for the soil all the while helping to create a more stable home for the worms, insects and microbes so important to a healthy soil and environment.
Walkways and Driveways
Spring brings out all those nasty cracks and heaves in our driveways and walkways we had forgotten about all winter. It may be a good time to start thinking of using Permeable Pavers to do both the driveway and the walkways. Permeable Pavers allow for the rain and moisture to easily travel into the ground and not build up pockets underneath or on top of the surfaces.
Ann Lovejoy writes a nice piece about pavers and planting entitled Sustainable garden path and driveway paving that you might finding both helpful and enjoyable as you make your spring construction decisions. And Don’t forget to drop over to our office to check out our extensive line of pavers for all your landscaping needs.