How The Use of Mulch Affects Your Garden and Your Home

For home and property owners who love gardening, the use of mulch is a necessity for maintaining beautiful and flourishing greenery. Mulch is a substance that is commonly added to the surface of a soil as a means of protecting the roots of a plant from extreme changes in temperature and moisture. The use of mulch can boost soil productivity, which encourages the healthy growth of plants.

The Many Uses of Mulch

Regulates Soil Temperature

At the beginning of the growing season, mulch layers are added around the crop to regulate soil temperature. The heat in the soil is lost during the night, so to regulate and speed up the growth process, mulch is used to keep the soil warm throughout the day.

Moisture Retention

As the plant continues to grow, moisture is lost due to changes in the temperature. To avoid the soil from drying up and eroding, and to provide enough moisture for the plant, mulch can be useful for stabilising both the soil temperature and moisture.

Prevents Weed Growth

The presence of mulch around the plant can prevent weeds from sprouting around the roots, which can hinder the plant from thriving. Although there is still a possibility that weeds can grow from seeds, the use of mulch can reduce its growth rate.

Landscaping and Aesthetics

There are different types of mulch, which all vary in appearance. While the most important use of mulch is for plant growth, it is also used by designers to enhance the visual appearance of a property. In landscaping, mulch can beautify the garden and exteriors of a property by matching its appearance to the overall exterior design.

Types of Mulch

Depending on its purpose of application, effect on the soil, cost and availability, homeowners and designers can use various materials as mulches. The most common types are organic residues, including straw, hay, grass clippings, barks, woodchips, and even shredded newspaper.

The Implications of Mulch on Your Timber Structure

With the use of mulch, however, a common issue our clients at Twinspectors Building and Pest Inspections have to deal with is its effect on their timber structures. Especially when the mulch materials used are cellulose-based, such as tree barks, wood chips and paper, the mulch can easily attract termites into the property. This can cause pest infestation later on, which can lead to structural damage.

What we recommend at Twinspectors Building and Pest Inspections is for property owners to keep mulch away from any timber structure. A regular building and pest inspection will also help you ensure that there is no unseen termite infestation in your home.