How To Install Cypress Mulch!
Cypress mulch has several benefits. It helps the soil to stay hydrated by retaining moisture. The soil will be cooler during summers and that would insulate the plant roots. This insulation also works during freezing conditions, although residents of Florida don’t have to worry about that. Cypress mulch is organic and thus there are no adverse environmental impacts. The mulch also prevents weeds from growing around plants or trees in your garden and yard.
Cypress mulch is available as shredded or chips. Shredded mulch is cheaper and it is also easier to install. Cypress mulch is considered a superior choice than other mulches for many reasons. First, it provides nutrients to the soil, which is not possible with newspaper mulches or other inorganic and even some organic options. Cypress mulch also neutralizes the pH value of the soil. Some organic mulches can turn the soil slightly acidic.
Here is a comprehensive guide to help you install cypress mulch.
· Get yourself a pair of work gloves, a rake or garden fork, hose and edging material if you wish to demarcate the immediate landscape. Ensure that you use fresh cypress mulch. Don’t use the mulch if you find foul odor or some smell of sulfur. Poorly stored cypress mulch will decompose and become acidic and can harm the plants, herbs or shrubs where it is installed.
· Once you have edged the landscape, which is optional, you have to get rid of all weeds and unwanted growth in and around the area where you will be installing the mulch. Spread the mulch evenly but loosely. Try to create a layer that is about two to four inches deep. Do not cover the base of any herbs or plants with cypress mulch. There will be some scattered around when you spread the mulch which you have to manually remove. Try to keep mulch about six inches away from the trunk.
· Use the hose and water the cypress mulch. Don’t use pressure. Spray gently. Once the mulch cools down and also settles properly, you may notice some areas a tad faded and there may be some fungal growth on the surface. Fluff up the mulch wherever you see this happening. Let the water seep through the mulch and reach the soil.
· Spread more cypress mulch to have an additional layer that will again have to be about two to four inches deep. You’re done.