One of the important keys to plant care in your landscaping is what kind of topdressing you use as mulch; actually, you can utilize several. Mulch can be organic or inorganic, from shredded bark to crushed rock and landscape fabric and even shredded automobile tires.
For smaller, contrasting areas with sparse plantings, inorganic mulch can make lovely design statements. These can last longer and will stay in place, although they’re not particularly good for flower and vegetable gardens. However, at Rosehill we rarely recommend this type of mulch because it doesn’t offer the same benefits organic mulches add to your soil and plants, but for certain applications it can make sense.
For most plants and garden areas, organic mulches are more beneficial; a two inch layer on your planting beds allows air and moisture to reach the roots, the temperature even and erosion at a minimum.
It prevents compaction of the soil and weed growth, and it also adds to your landscape design with different colors and textures. As organic material biodegrades, it releases nutrients into the soil, improving plant care. Good organic mulch can be pine bark or needles for acidic plants like azaleas and rhododendrons, shredded hardwood, grass clippings, leaves, and compost, which you can make yourself.