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Protect Your Flower Beds through the Winter

Leaf Mulch for Winter

Do you have bulbs or perennials in your flower beds? The best way to protect them from fluctuating temperatures is by mulching. Fluctuating temperatures can heave your plants and bulbs right out of the ground and damage or kill the plant. Three to four inches around trees and one to two inches in your flower beds is sufficient. If you mow and bag your leaves you get a great shredded/mulched mix … [Read more...]

Reasons to Mulch in the Fall

Reasons to Mulch in the Fall

You’ve got free mulch coming! Really. All those fallen leaves can be put to good use for a Fall mulch. When you mulch in the Spring or Summer it is to help control weeds. There’s a different reason for Fall mulching. In the coming months temperatures will fluctuate tremendously. The ground will heave as it freezes and thaws forcing the roots of many plants up out of the soil and exposing the … [Read more...]

How to Choose a Bark Mulch

Bark Mulch

Bark mulch generally refers to mulch that made by shredding the bark of hard or softwood trees.  It is the perfect choice for formal perennial beds. It gives that beautiful, uniform look to all your gardens. Shredded bark mulch is an economical choice. Bark chunks tend to be more expensive. Wood chips can often be found for free but they can include sticks or large wood chunks and fade to a … [Read more...]

Why choose an Organic Mulch?

Organic Mulch

Mulch can be organic or inorganic. Organic mulches include any formerly living material such as bark chips, chopped leaves, straw, grass clippings, compost, wood chips, shredded bark, sawdust, pine needles, rice hulls, saw dust, grape pomace and even paper. Inorganic mulches include gravel, stones, black plastic sheeting, rubber chips and geotextiles (landscape fabrics). Both types of mulch … [Read more...]

Best times of the year to mulch

Mulched Flower Bed

There are two times during the year when mulching the garden and flowerbeds is essential. Mulch in late Autumn to provide protection from Winter temperatures and mulch again in Summer to help plants keep in moisture and to help reduce weeds. In Fall, a variety of things could be used for mulch. We have so many trees that we like to mulch up the leaves and put them in the gardens. Don’t leave … [Read more...]

Didn’t mulch this Spring? It’s not too late!

Not too late to mulch

We were working on building a new perennial garden a few months ago and it didn’t get mulched with the other beds. Oh boy, do I regret that! Had I mulched there wouldn’t be grass seedlings popping up everywhere from where we seeded around the edging. Had I mulched, the licorice mint seedlings wouldn’t have taken over. Had I mulched, I wouldn’t have to water as much in this heat because it would’ve … [Read more...]

Mimic Mother Nature with Mulch

Natural Mulch

  Trees in their natural environment have a blanket of leaves and organic materials. The typical home landscape is much harsher. It’s usually got poor soil, very little organic matter and fluctuating moisture and temperature.  Applying mulch will:    Reduce weeds. A 2-4 inch layer will reduce growth and germination of weeds.  Moderate soil temperatures. Mulch will keep the soil … [Read more...]

How to Mulch Trees and Shrubs

Properly Mulching a Tree

  Mulching is one of the best tings a homeowner can do to keep their trees healthy. Applying mulch retains moisture, provides nutrients, minimizes temperature fluctuation and reduces weeds.   Here are some guidelines for mulching trees:   Determine the area to be mulched. Plan to mulch at least to the drip line (the widest part of the tree). The roots are usually just inches … [Read more...]

Benefits of mulching for you and your garden

Benefits of Mulching for You and your Garden

Want to save time and money? Spend a little of both now and you’ll have more time and money later. The biggest benefits of mulching are: Conserves moisture. With the moderate drought we’re in you don’t want to be out there watering all the time. There will probably be a ban soon anyway. Mulch reduces water runoff – which means the watering you’re doing is sinking in better than if it were … [Read more...]

How to Mulch Flower Beds

beautifully mulched flower beds

 All your flowers are coming up and the beds are looking a little worn. Let’s get them ready for the season! Good preparation of your garden will save time and money … and your back …. down the road. Weed the flower bed before mulching. Hopefully you won’t have to do it again or at least it’ll be minimal. Pull the weeds by the roots to be sure they’re completely gone. Use a tool to loosen … [Read more...]

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