Why Use Mulch On Your Gardens.

March 8, 2023

Peterborough Landscape Supply and Garden Center carries a wide variety of Mulch for your garden.  Mulch is an essential component of gardening that has a variety of benefits for both plants and gardeners. Mulch is a layer of organic or inorganic material spread over the soil surface to cover and protect it. This layer can be made up of a wide range of materials, such as leaves, wood chips, straw, grass clippings, pebbles, rocks, or even rubber chips.

In this article, we’ll explore the many reasons why using mulch in your garden is a smart choice.

  1. Conserves Moisture

Mulch acts as a barrier that slows down water evaporation from the soil surface, thus helping to retain moisture in the soil. This means you can reduce the frequency of watering and save water, which is particularly important in areas with limited water resources. A layer of mulch also reduces soil temperature fluctuations, keeping the soil moist, and promoting healthy plant growth.

  1. Prevents Weed Growth

Weeds are a nuisance to any gardener, but mulch can help reduce the number of weeds in your garden. The thick layer of mulch prevents sunlight from reaching the soil surface, making it difficult for weed seeds to germinate. Even if some weeds manage to sprout, they will be weak and easily pulled out due to the loose texture of the mulch.

  1. Improves Soil Health

Mulch breaks down over time and releases organic matter into the soil, enriching it with nutrients and microorganisms that promote healthy plant growth. The microorganisms in the soil feed on the organic matter in the mulch, breaking it down into a nutrient-rich soil amendment that improves soil structure and fertility. This leads to healthier and more robust plants.

  1. Protects Plants

Mulch acts as a protective layer around plants, shielding them from extreme weather conditions such as frost, wind, and heat. It also helps to prevent soil compaction, which can be damaging to plant roots. Mulch also protects plants from soil-borne diseases by preventing soil from splashing onto leaves and stems during heavy rain.

  1. Enhances Aesthetics

Mulch is an excellent way to enhance the look of your garden, adding texture, color, and contrast to your landscaping. You can choose from a variety of materials to create a look that suits your style and preferences. Mulch also helps to create a neat and tidy appearance, which adds to the overall aesthetic appeal of your garden.

In conclusion, using mulch in your garden is an excellent way to conserve moisture, prevent weed growth, improve soil health, protect plants, and enhance aesthetics. Mulch is an affordable and easy-to-use gardening tool that delivers numerous benefits for both novice and experienced gardeners. By incorporating mulch into your gardening routine, you can enjoy a healthier, more vibrant garden that thrives for years to come.

Give us a call at either one of our two locations in Peterborough to arrange delivery or you can pick up at either location,

Peterborough Landscape Supply and Garden Center

1550 Lansdowne Street West



Peterborough Landscape Supply and Garden Center

2200 Keene Road,




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