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Mulching Tips for Hot Weather: The Benefits and How to Apply It Effectively in the Summer Months

Summer is in full swing, and with the July heat, it’s crucial to keep your garden thriving. One of the best ways to protect your plants and ensure a healthy landscape is by using mulch. At Nunan’s Garden Center, we offer a variety of mulching options, including both bagged and bulk mulch, available for pickup or delivery. Here’s everything you need to know about the benefits of mulching and how to apply it effectively during hot weather.

Benefits of Mulching

  1. Moisture Retention: Mulch acts as a barrier, reducing evaporation and keeping the soil moist. This is especially important during the hot summer months when water can quickly evaporate from the soil surface.
  2. Temperature Regulation: Mulch helps to moderate soil temperatures, keeping roots cooler in the heat of summer. This protects your plants from extreme temperature fluctuations.
  3. Weed Control: A thick layer of mulch suppresses weed growth by blocking sunlight. This means less competition for nutrients and water for your plants.
  4. Soil Improvement: As organic mulch breaks down, it adds valuable nutrients to the soil, improving soil structure and fertility over time.
  5. Aesthetic Appeal: Mulch provides a finished look to your garden beds, giving them a neat and tidy appearance.

How to Apply Mulch Effectively

  1. Choose the Right Mulch: At Nunan’s, we carry five different types of mulch, including playground mulch, as well as screened loam and compost in bulk. Our knowledgeable staff can help you select the best type for your needs.
  2. Prepare the Area: Before applying mulch, remove any existing weeds and debris from the area. This ensures that the mulch will lay evenly and do its job effectively.
  3. Apply the Mulch: Spread a layer of mulch about 2-4 inches thick around your plants. Be sure not to pile the mulch against the stems or trunks, as this can cause rot and attract pests.
  4. Water Thoroughly: After applying the mulch, water the area thoroughly. This helps to settle the mulch and start the moisture retention process.
  5. Maintain the Mulch: Check your mulch periodically throughout the summer. Add more as needed to maintain the desired thickness and continue reaping the benefits.

Nunan’s Mulch Options

At Nunan’s Garden Center, we offer both bagged and bulk mulch to suit your gardening needs. Our bulk mulch is available for pickup or delivery, making it convenient for larger projects. Our bulk mulch selection includes:

  • Midnight Black Mulch: A deep, rich color that enhances the look of your garden beds.
  • Hemlock Mulch: A natural choice that enriches the soil as it breaks down.
  • Color Enhanced Mulch: Available in various colors to suit your landscape design.
  • Spruce Mix Mulch: A versatile mulch that works well in many garden settings.
  • Certified Playground Mulch: Safe and durable for play areas.

Visit Nunan’s Garden Center Today

Stop by Nunan’s Garden Center to explore our full range of mulching options. Our team is here to help you choose the best mulch for your garden and provide expert advice on how to apply it effectively. Whether you need bagged mulch for a small project or bulk mulch for larger areas, we have you covered. Visit us today and keep your garden looking its best all summer long!

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