Proper weed control typically starts with a foundation of mulching, one of the best treatments for preserving the health and beauty of a landscape project.

This seemingly routine, but eminently strategic process — comprised of using organic and/or inorganic materials — involves carving out a layer of material around the plants, along with the soil accompanying flower beds or shrub linings.

The overall goal: Creating a long-term system of preventative soil erosion, adding nutrients to the soil, balancing soil temperature, conserving water and minimizing soil compaction during the rainy season.

The beauty of mulching: This process can be applied to a number of landscaping projects, including straw, grass clippings, bark chips, cocoa hulls and plastic or stone enhanced structures.