Landscape beds are an excellent way to add a touch of color and personality to your property in Indiana. After all, who doesn't love the perfect garden? Landscape beds can be tough to maintain, however. From controlling weeds to the temperature and moisture of your soil, there are a lot of things to keep track of when it comes to a landscape bed. A ground cover is the perfect addition to your landscape bed because it helps to control those issues. Using mulch or rocks to cover your landscape beds will provide protection from weed growth as well as help control your soil temperature and moisture levels. When you add ground covers to your landscape beds, your plants will thank you!

Ground covers provide protection from weed growth.

Our employee topping a landscape bed with mulch in Westfield, IN.

Weeds commonly thrive in unprotected, bare dirt. Using rocks or mulch to cover your landscape bed is a great way to keep weed growth under control. When covered with a layer of rocks or mulch, weeds are unable to receive the sunlight they need to grow; the ground cover will suffocate them before they can reach the surface of the soil. In addition to crowding out old weeds, ground covers can also help to deter the germination of new weeds.

For the best results, your ground cover should be about 2 to 3 inches thick.

Ground covers provide soil temperature control.

A colorful landscape bed topped with rocks by our client's home in Fishers, IN.

The temperature of your soil significantly affects how well the plants in your landscape beds grow. A rock or mulch ground cover provides insulation from temperature changes throughout the year. When it becomes cold in the fall and winter seasons, your ground cover will protect your soil from the drastic temperature change. When it becomes hot in the summer months, your ground cover will keep your soil cool enough for optimum plant growth. This insulation helps to regulate the temperature of any plant roots growing in your landscape bed, but can also help to maintain the quality of your soil. A mulch or rock ground cover can also provide temperature control by protecting the roots of your plants from direct sunlight.

Ground covers help to retain soil moisture.

A landscaper holding a handful of mulch ready to be installed in Noblesville, IN.

While it is still necessary to water the plants in your landscape beds, a ground cover can help to retain that moisture in your soil for a longer period of time. A mulch ground cover in particular can make it so you do not need to water your landscape bed plants as regularly as you would need to without a ground cover. This is because the mulch absorbs water and retains it beneath the mulch at the root zone, which is where the water should be targeted for optimum plant growth. It is especially important to have a ground cover for your landscape bed by the summer season because the water you provide for your plants will evaporate much quicker without that absorbent layer.

A mulch ground cover can help to maintain the quality of your soil by adding organic matter and nutrients to the soil as it decomposes.

Call your local landscaping professionals about a ground cover today!

There are many benefits to covering your landscape bed with rocks or mulch. Using a ground covering provides protection from weed growth and allows you to have better control of the temperature and moisture of your soil. In addition, a ground covering is much more aesthetically pleasing than bare dirt. If you have a landscape bed that needs to be covered, call your local landscaping professionals at Sprout Lawn & Landscape to do it for you. We offer our services to property owners in Noblesville, Carmel, Westfield, and throughout the surrounding areas of Indiana. Give us a call today at (317) 900-7151 to have a mulch or rock ground cover installed in your landscape beds!