Saturday, June 28, 2014

Mimic Mother Nature – Protect Your Soils!

Whether you’re hiking on the mesa or in the mountains Mother Nature has her soils covered. Look down and you will rarely see bare soil, more often it is covered with decaying leaves, sticks, branches, and other debris. You will also notice that most often if you do see bare soil there is nothing growing there! Seemingly the message is without mulch – life is hard!

All this decaying plant material serves to protect the soil. It helps retain moisture, cool, and feed the soil. Bare soil gets hot and rapidly loses its moisture. This surface layer of decaying plant material feeds the soil as decomposition releases required plant nutrients back into the soil. If deep enough this layer also reduces the number of annual weeds that germinate up through it. All this good stuff also feeds the beneficial soil microorganisms which associate with the roots of your plants – making them healthier!

Trees That Please Nursery offers both bagged

and bulk mulches like Pecan Shell

and Shredded Wood Mulch.

Come by the nursery and get some mulch and apply generously to your soils especially around your plants like we do at the nursery!

Photos & Narrative By:

Stephen Sain
Staff Plant Physiologist

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