It's important to keep your mulch fresh and at an ideal thickness to ensure a healthy landscape. Mulch, being organic, naturally decomposes over time, so it's recommended to replenish it annually. That's because if it becomes too thin, it won't provide its intended benefits, such as moisture retention, weed suppression, and soil temperature regulation. The best times to refresh your mulch in Kansas are during the spring or fall seasons, as these periods provide optimal conditions for the plants to benefit from the added protection.

Mulch contains organic materials and will break down over time.

One of the biggest reasons that you need to refresh the mulch in your landscape beds is that it doesn't last forever! After a certain amount of time, mulch will start decomposing, as it contains organic materials. While the decomposition process releases nutrients back into the soil, which is beneficial for the plants in your landscape beds, it can weaken the protective properties of mulch. A thin layer of mulch will no longer effectively provide the benefits it's supposed to.

One of the great benefits of using mulch is that, as it breaks down, it releases nutrients for your plants to absorb!

Refreshing the mulch in your landscape beds will ensure it's providing the necessary benefits.

Mulch installed in landscape bed for property in Overland Park, KS.

Mulch provides a ton of benefits to plants, but it only does so when it's thick enough. By refreshing the mulch in your landscape beds, it will be able to provide the following benefits:

  • Weed suppression: Mulch blocks weeds from accessing the resources they need to grow and steal nutrients from plants.
  • Soil erosion prevention: A thick layer of mulch helps reduce soil erosion by protecting it from being washed away by rain or wind.
  • Moisture retention: Mulch acts as an insulator and retains moisture in the soil. This promotes healthy growth for your plants because they don't dry out quickly, which means less watering!
  • Temperature regulation: Mulch reduces the heat lost or absorbed through the soil, keeping the surrounding environment cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. It also insulates roots to protect delicate plant life during freezing weather.

When should you refresh your mulch?

There isn't just one season when you should refresh your mulch. In fact, there are two times of year that work best. The most common time to refresh mulch is in the spring when the growing season begins after the cold winter. Spring is the ideal time to replenish mulch since it allows your plants to start the new growing cycle with the support needed to survive and thrive. Not only that, but it also enhances the beauty of your landscape beds at the beginning of the season.

However, the other good time to refresh your mulch is in the fall after the hot summer has passed. During this time, mulch helps regulate soil temperature to keep the roots of your plants insulated from fluctuating weather. Additionally, it gives your landscape beds an aesthetically pleasing appearance before winter sets in.

You should refresh your mulch once annually.

Call us today to sign up for our professional mulch installation service!

Are you looking to improve the visual appeal of your landscape while also supporting the overall health of your plants? If so, look no further than mulch installation! Our team at Lawn and Landscape Solutions provides a top-quality mulch installation service for residential properties in Overland Park, Leawood, Mission Hills, KS, and nearby areas. We also offer our services to select locations in Missouri.

Since our establishment in 2001, we have been dedicated to providing a high-quality mulch installation service. We'll exercise precision when laying mulch to evenly cover your landscape beds, and we recommend taking advantage of this service annually in the spring or fall to keep it fresh! To benefit from this natural ground cover, contact us at (913) 238-9318 to schedule our mulch installation service.