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mulching “Do’s And Don’ts” in Cleveland TN

Do your flower beds look colorless? Mulch adds color and more than that protects your plants and gives them the nurture they need!

Mulch is a valuable for your plants health and care because

  • Mulch insulates the soil helping to provide a buffer from heat and cold temperatures.
  • Mulch retains water helping to keep the roots moist.
  • Mulch keeps weeds out to help prevent root competition.
  • Mulch prevents soil compaction.
  • Mulch reduces lawn mower damage.

Do’s:

  • When mulching trees, mulch surrounding the trunk should look like a donut-a uniform circle.
  • Keep the mulch to a thickness of 1-2” around the base of trees, shrubs and perennials to prevent decay of the bark layer causing poor growth.  Overall, keep mulch at a maximum thickness of 4”– any more will restrict the access of oxygen to the soil and plant roots.
  • Try to have an edge for the mulch to sit along to prevent it from migrating out into the lawn.
  • If re-mulching beds, it may be necessary to remove some of the old mulch to allow for proper depth when installing fresh mulch in plant bed areas.

Don’ts:

  • Avoid excessive build up of mulch around base of trees and shrubs.  (Volcano effect)
  • Using chipped wood from a local municipality is not recommended for typical decorative plant beds.  Using these chips may bring in viral infections that a tree had when removed and chipped; in addition, unwanted growth of saplings will also occur.
  • Do not use mulch over landscape fabric in the hope of improving the soil. When the mulch decomposes it cannot enter the soil if there is a fabric barrier between it and the soil.  Mulch will also break down creating allowing weeds to germinate above landscape fabric.

Spring is just around the corner and this is the best time to mulch all your flower beds.We deliver and install many types of mulch in Cleveland that you can choose from. Call or email today to join the many others that are getting ready for spring. If the lines are busy, Please try again!

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