The first thing that comes to mind when I think of spruce and pine mulch is that it smells great! That’s true of course but when thinking of adding any kind of mulch to your Calgary home landscape; it’s much more than a pretty smell. It has many practical uses for your garden and landscape as well.
Mulch controls weeds. And since mulch controls weeds that means less back breaking weed pulling for you! By keeping the weeds out of your garden, there is less competition for water and nutrients from the soil. Mulch helps to prevent soil compaction which then also encourages earthworms which naturally aerate and drain your soil. Have mulch around the base of your fruit tree to provide a soft landing for ripened fruit and reduce rot by keeping the fruit out of contact with the soil. Mulch also helps to maintain soil moisture by reducing evaporation which means less need for water and that’s always a good thing.
Applying too much mulch can be a problem so make sure to check the depth. Your layer of mulch should be about 2-4 inches deep. If the area where you are intending to add mulch already has mulch there, you will want to remove the old mulch and replace it. Or add on top of it but not to exceed the ideal 2-4 inch depth.
Mulch has numerous practical uses and in some cases smells great! Include an organic mulch such as a spruce and pine mulch in your Calgary gardening plans this year!