If you want to enhance the aesthetic appeal of your landscape beds in Nebraska while providing your plants with health benefits, applying mulch is the way to go. When applying a mulch ground cover, it should be between 2-3 inches thick. Keeping it at this thickness ensures your plants reap the benefits, like weed suppression, soil moisture retention, and more. When installing mulch, you should leave about an inch of space around the base of your plants to prevent smothering them and causing health issues. You should replenish the mulch in your landscape beds every year during the spring season to maintain the optimal thickness level.

How thick should a mulch ground cover be?

Mulch is an essential part of your landscape beds because it enhances their beauty and provides health benefits to your plants. The ideal thickness of a mulch ground cover is 2 to 3 inches to ensure you get the most out of it. When you apply too much mulch, you risk suffocating the roots of your landscape plants and inhibiting them from absorbing the nutrients and other resources they need to grow and thrive. Meanwhile, too little mulch may be futile. Your plants won't reap the benefits from your mulch ground cover.

At the right thickness, mulch will effectively suppress weeds from sprouting in your landscape beds by preventing them from getting sunlight which is crucial to their growth. It will also help the soil retain moisture and keep the soil temperature stable to keep your plants healthy. Mulch also helps to improve the appearance of your landscape beds, so maintaining the optimal thickness of your ground cover will keep your landscape looking its best!

Don't apply mulch directly around the base of your plants.

Installing mulch sounds straightforward, but there are certain rules that have to be followed to ensure your ground cover will do its job and not cause any harm to your plants. When installing mulch, you'll want to leave about an inch around the base of your plants clear. This ensures the mulch will not smother them, allowing them to access the nutrients and resources they need to thrive.

When and how often should you refresh your mulch?

To get the best results for your landscape beds, it's best to replenish your mulch every year. Mulch will eventually decompose and the layer in your landscape beds will become thin. Regularly replenishing it every year ensures the mulch in your landscape beds is at the right thickness to provide its intended benefits.

The best time to refresh the mulch in your landscape beds is in the spring. Applying it during this time allows the mulch to maintain cool soil temperatures and retain enough soil moisture so the roots of your plants don't dry out too easily when the warm summer months arrive. You can also get ahead of any weed seeds that are germinating in the spring by covering the soil and keeping them from getting enough sunlight.

Mulch releases beneficial nutrients and organic matter into the soil when it breaks down.

Call us today to schedule our mulch installation service!

If you want to revamp the beauty of your landscape, we can help with our mulch installation service. Our team offers various types of mulch that you can choose from, including shredded hardwood, cocoa, black, and espresso. We also install mulch by hand to ensure we apply it to the right thickness and spread it evenly throughout your landscape beds. We offer this service to commercial and residential properties, as well as HOAs, in Omaha, Elkhorn, Gretna, and surrounding areas in Nebraska. Give us a call today at (402) 590-2040 to schedule our mulch installation service.