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Mowing is the process of covering the soil between plants with a layer of material, plastic or wood prevent excess water from evaporating, protect the soil from excessive wind, rain, and suppress weed growth, and keep the grass looking healthy. Mulches are those materials placed over the soil surface to maintain moisture and improve soil conditions. Mulching is one of the most beneficial acts a homeowner can do for the health of their lawn. The benefits of proper mulching will help reduce soil moisture loss through evaporation, control weed germination and growth, insulates soil, protecting roots from extreme summer and winter temperatures, improve soil biology, aeration, structure (aggregation of soil particles), and drainage over time, improve soil fertility as certain mulch types decompose, gives planting beds a uniform, well-cared-for look
Never mind, we’ve got this, the type of mulch and the method of application is important to the health of landscape plants. Our staffs will be provide you with the necessary service, they’ll:
- Determine whether soil drainage is adequate and if there are plants that may be affected by the choice of mulch,
- place mulch out around the roots of plants,
- check the mulch depth, break clumped up layers and refresh the appearance with a rake,
- check If mulch is piled against the stems of plants.
Over time, mulch colors fade due to frequent exposure to sunlight. Regular non-dyed mulch may become a grayish color in one to two months, while dyed brown or black mulches may keep their color for a year or longer. Eventually, all mulches will fade without maintenance. So, what’s the trick to brightening pale mulch?
The easiest way to take care of faded mulch is to add a thin layer, or an inch or less, of fresh mulch to cover up the gray mulch. However, before adding new mulch to old layers, examine the existing mulch. How deep are the old layers? How long has it been since you’ve replaced mulch? Is the mulch soggy or decomposing?
If the old mulch is rotting, it’s time to replace it altogether. Otherwise, try to remove as much mulch as you can before adding a new layer, because you do not want too many layers as this could kill your plants. When mulch layers build up beyond 4 inches, they become water-repellent, or hydrophobic. Too much mulch can also suffocate plant roots. When you have the old mulch layers down to an inch or two, it’s safe to add an inch or two of fresh, colorful mulch.
Despite mulch’s amazing ability to ward off weeds, they still manage to emerge now and then. Fortunately, there are ways to keep even the peskiest weeds under control.
First, if you notice weeds growing from your mulch, you may need to add more mulch. Try to keep mulch layers at least 2 inches deep to block sunlight and keep weeds from growing. Mulch must block sunlight to prevent weed growth. Choose coarse chipped or shredded bark mulches because they decompose slowly and are less likely to blow away.
Second, make sure to pull weeds by hand as soon as you see them before they take over. A single weed can produce thousands of seeds in a season. Weeds compete with neighboring plants for water, sunlight and nutrients, so try to remove weeds when they are small before seeds form.
You could apply a pre-emergence herbicide to prevent germinating weed seeds. However, pre-emergence herbicides do not control weeds that have already sprouted. To apply a pre-emergence herbicide, rake the mulch away, pull any existing weeds and apply the product following the instructions on the package. You can also try corn gluten meal as an organic alternative. Replace the mulch after applying the pre-emergence herbicide.
Every season, you’ll want to mix and turn your mulch a couple of times to break up clustered pieces and make sure it hasn’t formed a compacted layer on top of the soil. To turn the mulch, grab your rake and gloves and take the following easy steps, rake the beds, breaking up clumps, spread new mulch over the bed, so it’s no more than 2 to 4 inches thick, mulch must be a few inches away from plant stems and tree trunks to prevent plant damage, rake or turn over with your hands a few times a season, as mulch decomposes, add fresh mulch to keep the layer at 2 to 4 inches