Did you laying a fresh coat of mulch this spring or summer? Mulching is a great way to keep your lawn looking fresh while providing a whole host of benefits to your landscape. No matter what type of substrate you use (wood chips, pine straw, bark, compost, ect.), an added layer of mulch locks in moisture, provides insulation for trees and shrubs and can even improve soil condition as mulch breaks down over time.
Making Mulch Last
It's a good time to start thinking about adding a top layer for the winter! If your mulch is looking a little thin from the wear and tear of summer months activities or you want to protect your plants and yard from potential freezes this winter, late fall is the perfect time to spruce up your mulch. After all, it's hard to tell what a Charlotte winter will bring.
Mulching and Pest Control in Charlotte
Unfortunately, those same benefits that mulch provides to your landscape, it also provides to pests such as cockroaches, ants, millipedes and even termites. Insects look for three key resources: food, water and shelter. A thick layer of mulch offers pests a humid habitat with more than enough places to hide from predators and the hot summer sun. As the much breaks down, it also can serve as a food source for many insects, keeping them happy and healthy. Lastly, the combination of these factors also can make mulch an ideal breeding site for pests, increasing their numbers around your home.
Luckily, there are a few steps you can take to prevent your landscape from becoming an oasis for pests.
1. Don't over-mulch.
A two-inch layer of fresh mulch over damp soil can hold enough moisture for plants, but not enough to attract large numbers of insects.
2. Clean up the older stuff.
Remove the previous year’s mulch before applying a new layer.
3. Pull mulch away from the house.
Leaving a six-inch band of exposed soil around the foundation of your home creates a dry environment that is less conducive to pests.
These simple tips can get you on the right track to a pest free home. However, some insects may be attracted to your home for other reasons. If you do find ants, termites, or any other pests have taken up residence on your property this summer, call us to take care of all your pest control needs.