Jun 15 2017
Keep your landscaped garden beds lush and growing this year with high-quality, natural mulch. Edging your beds will also help keep grass out, leading to a pristine landscape
Edging and mulching your plant beds will dramatically improve the aesthetic of your property. Proper edging and mulch gives the landscape a polished look, provides interesting color contrasts, and helps draw more attention to the plantings.
Can your property benefit from edging plant beds or laying down mulch? Edging and mulch provide great benefits to any garden or landscape. In case you were questioning the necessity of edging and mulch, consider some of the practical benefits of these services, listed below.
Benefits of Edging:
Keep grass out of your landscape beds. Grass does not just grow up. It naturally spreads horizontally over time, which allows it to fill in small bare areas, choke out unwanted weeds or, in this case, grow into your plant beds. A proper edge should be 3”-4” deep. A deep edge will expose the edge of the root system keeping it from growing toward the bed.
A clean, deep edge will also keep mulch IN your beds during a rain or wind storm.
Benefits of Mulch:
Mulch naturally retains water to give surrounding plant root systems moisture. It is packed with essential nutrients that slowly break down into the soil and feed surrounding plants. This is particularly beneficial when the fertility of the soil is lacking. Establishing the root systems help plants grow stronger, which in turn protects against mechanical injury from lawn mowers or weed whackers.
Mulch acts as an insulator, keeping soil temperatures up to allow for increased plant survival through the cold weather. It also plays a role in guarding against erosion.
Mulch is a barrier between soils and weed seeds. All weeds need is a little soil contact to flourish. Mulch creates a protective barrier in our plant beds preventing this.
In addition to acting as a barrier against weeds, some types of mulch can help to protect against unwanted garden visitors, like ticks, gnats, and fleas.
How and when to install mulch:
Typically, we recommend spreading a depth of 2”-3” of mulch. Any more can result in plant suffocation and fungal growth. Any less and soil will begin to show, leading to increased weed growth.
Mulching can be done at any time of year. However, it’s best to wait until late spring when all spring flowers and perennials have fallen and died back. This will allow your new mulch installation to stay clean and undisturbed.
Do you have a newfound interest in enhancing your landscape with mulch? Edging is another great option for completing the look and feel of your garden. It’s not too late to edge and mulch your beds. Contact Us today for a free quote.