Mulch serves as a vital part of the landscaping process and the garden habitat. Some mulch will naturally incorporate into the soil by the activity of worms and other organisms, and if applied correctly, mulch can dramatically improve soil productivity. Initially, it serves to warm the soil by helping retain heat lost after the sun goes down. As a result, faster growth occurs with plants, crops or any material planted.
Mulch also helps prevent the growth of weed seeds, because it stabilizes the temperature and moisture of the soil. Sunlight is restricted and keeps the seeds from germinating. In Ohio, temperatures vary and each year a new application is required to have a great looking, clean landscape.