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Benefits of Mulching Your Home Garden

by A & K Real Estate 09/29/2019

The decision to mulch is one of the best you can make for your garden. Mulching involves you placing barriers that serve as protection around your plants and bare soil. The mulch composition varies from organic materials like bark, wood chips, pine needle, straw, etc. to unnatural materials like plastic, fabrics, tires, rocks, and pebbles.

Mulching not only beautifies your garden, but there are other benefits you would enjoy from mulching. 

Weed Control

Mulching helps reduce the growth of weeds in your garden and it serves as a barrier against the amount of sunlight the weeds can get to germinate. Even if it sprouts, the mulch will prevent it from rooting, making it easy to remove. So, while your healthy plants grow, it won’t have to compete with weeds for nutrients.

Pest Control

Some mulch serves as an insect repellent; these types of mulch are great for controlling a pest. Mulch like cedar barks have natural oils that repel insects from your garden, other mulch types with a strong fragrance have better effects on a pest. Be careful though when choosing a mulch with fragrance as some scented mulch attract insects.

Moisture Retention

When you cover around your plant and bare soil, you allow water trapped to get into the land, preventing quick evaporation. Organic mulch hold water which means, more water for your plants. During hot and dry periods, you won’t have to worry much about water for your soil – reducing your cost of the water bill.

Soil Temperature 

The mulch also serves as an insulating layer for your soil; It reduces how fast the temperature of the soil changes. During dry the season, mulch keeps the ground cool by absorbing sunrays and slowing the temperature increase of the soil.  During the colder months, the mulch keeps heat for the land, making the plants grow for more extended periods than they would otherwise could not. 

Improves Soil Nutrients

Using organic mulch such as leaves, wood chips or bark will decompose over time. The decomposed organic material adds rich-organic nutrient into the soil, feeding the plants and other living organisms in the ground with nutrients. The covering of the land also prevents soil nutrients from being washed off during rain. 

Prevents Erosion

Mulching helps to keep water in the soil and also prevents your ground from washing over when it rains. Because of the organic and inorganic materials placed around your garden, the force of rain lessens because of these materials. 

Improves Curb Appeal

Mulching adds color to your garden and landscape; it creates a groomed look for your landscape beds, trees, and shrubs around your home. Colored mulches are perfect for complementing the hues of your home and your garden. 

Mulches are beneficial for your surroundings; they give your garden a finished look and makes it easy for you to maintain. 

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A & K Real Estate

Hi, I am Karen Green, I want to give you a little history about A and K Real Estate. I got my real estate associate’s license 1996 and my Broker’s license in 2010. At that time I established A and K Real Estate. My husband, Albert, and I work as a team. Jointly we have over 35 years of real estate experience. We market and sell homes, lots, ranches and recreational properties.

As the broker of A and K Real Estate, I am personally involved in every transaction. I have found that providing the very best service is essentially about putting my clients first. We strive to help buyers find the home of their dreams and to market seller’s homes for the highest possible price in the shortest time frame.

A and K Real Estate is centrally located in New Braunfels, TX between the San Antonio Metro Area and the Austin Metro Area. Our service area includes Bexar, Comal, Guadalupe, Travis, Williams and Hays Counties. 

I am a member of the Austin MLS, San Antonio MLS, Four Rivers MLS, New Braunfels Women’s Chamber of Commerce, Women's Council of REALTORS, First Baptist Church, Referral Exchange and The Institute for Real Estate Education.

When you or anyone you know has decided to buy or sell property in The Texas Hill Country, Bexar, Comal, Guadalupe, Hays, Travis and Williams Counties, please feel free to contact A and K Real Estate.

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