Mulch does more than add color variation to your garden. It has a practical function as well. Mulch combines the best features of form and function. It allows the plants underneath to retain moisture. Mulch protects plants from sun damage and old man winter. Mulch is biodegradable and must be topped up over time. When you invest in mulch, you’re investing in the health of your garden. There is a right and a wrong way to apply mulch. Rest assured that Jake’s Tree Service & Landscaping knows all about mulch. We know when to apply it, where and how much.
The Purpose Of Mulching
Most laypersons think that tossing down mulch is a great way to add hue diversity to their garden and landscape. While this may be true, mulch was developed to protect and sustain it. When you water your garden, the moisture can quickly evaporate without a barrier from the sun. The goal is to keep the soil moist, long enough so that the roots can gather all they need from the water source. Mulch acts as a barrier between the sun and the soil. It also protects plants from winter’s frost. This biodegradable surface prevents your nutrient rich top soil from washing away. As it to break down, you will know that it’s doing its job by continuing to enrich the soil.
Color Variation And Texture
By strategically adding mulch to your landscape, you are effectively enhancing its color and texture. A sea of green can be quite boring. Adding large chunks of cedar mulch not only enriches the soil but is also quite pleasing to the eye. You can choose from mulch with a large or small profile. Talk to the landscape artists about your preferences. She will provide you with a pictoral schematic of the varieties perfect for Pennsylvania climate and soil. In this way you will be armed with enough information to make an informed choice. Once the application is complete, when you scan across your lawn, you can’t help but marvel at its colorful appearance.
The Best Time To Mulch
Each geographical area of the country has different needs. The climate patterns, soil and vegetation will dictate when to apply mulch. The goal is to optimize the level of nutrients and energy efficiency utilized by the plants in your garden. We mulch twice a year due to the long and intense winters in Havertown. The best time to put down mulch is in the spring and fall. We begin the process in early March by cleaning out the beds, trimming shrubs and cutting back grass and perennials. Then we apply roughly two inches of mulch to help retain moisture and keep the insects at bay throughout the summer. Another layer is applied in the fall right before we substitute summer flowers for fall varieties.
The Best Mulch For Havertown
There are a plethora of mulch varieties on the market. Not all are great for Havertown climate and soil. After assessing your personal preferences and aesthetic, we will present you with a few options. The final selection is totally up to you. We tend to use a double shredded, hardwood dark mulch. This variation retains its color longer. It’s a bit more costly, but allows your garden to stay vibrant throughout the seasons. Black and red hardwood mulch are compatible with this climate and soil as well. For playground areas clean wood or recycled tire mulch is highly recommended.