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Mulching around the Zoo

  Mulching annual and perennial beds is a fall/ winter chore here at the zoo. The following are the benefits to mulching. Mulching keeps moisture in the beds. This allows you to conserve water. The soil temperature is warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. Weeds are decreased because they are smothered or not allowed to germinate. If the mulch is organic material, it will break down over time providing improved soil structure. If used properly around the base of trees and shrubs, mulches can provide protection from lawn equipment. Mulch can be aesthetically pleasing. It provides any landscape with that finished look. Mulching under vegetables keeps the water from splashing onto the fruit. This keeps soil borne diseases at a minimum during the growing season.  

There are two types of mulches available, inorganic and organic varieties.  The variety you choose is based upon the type of plants you are growing in your beds. Inorganic mulches include gravel, plastic, and landscape fabrics. They don’t break down into the soil. Nor do they add nutrients to the soil. Organic mulches include compost, pine straw mulch, cypress bark mulch, grass clippings, leaves, newspapers, and pecan shells. These will decompose and add to the soil structure.  

Any time is the best time to add mulch to your beds or around your trees. A layer of two to three inches is recommended to allow for the benefits without reducing the light needed for growth. Consider the type of material you wish to add and the benefits you are looking for. We use black mulch that has been recycled from pallets. Our beds will have that finished look that really looks nice.    

Posted by Zoo Info at 11:16 AM