MIND YOUR MULCH

MIND YOUR MULCH

Mulch. It’s one of those topics that come up again and again in landscape circles—and for good reason. Mulch gives a finished appearance to beds and trees, reduces weeds, retains moisture, and protects feeder and absorption roots for healthier plants. Reduce expenses on your property by improving your mulching practices in these 5 ways:

REUSE IT
It’s very common for commercial landscaping contracts to specify that all landscape beds receive a certain amount of mulch per year. Why not assess what’s actually needed, instead? Most mulches can last much longer than a season. Often simply turning it over gives it a fresh appearance with no additional materials expense.

USE THE RIGHT AMOUNT
Over-mulching is a problem. Too much mulch not only wastes money, it can actually harm valuable plants and trees. An excessive mulch layer can prevent oxygen from diffusing into the soil and effectively suffocates plants over time.

DISTRIBUTE IT PROPERLY
A very common mulching mistake is a practice we call “volcanoing”—piling mulch up against the trunk of a tree. This is detrimental to the tree because the moist mulch piled against the bark creates a harbor for disease.

TIME IT TO YOUR ADVANTAGE
About 90% of commercial mulch work is done in the spring. However, if the holidays are your peak retail period, mulching in the fall helps your property stand out during that all-important, income-generating time of year.

USE THE RIGHT MULCH FOR YOUR NEEDS
Do you know where your mulch came from? Many people don’t—and end up paying for mulch that is not horticulturally beneficial. We use and recommend true double shredded ground hardwood bark mulch for most applications.

As you can see, mulch matters! This year, make it a priority to mind your mulch for the sake of your soil, your plants—and your balance sheet.

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