Mulching Basics To Help You Maintain Garden and Landscape
In nature, leaves and needles fall to the ground, creating an organic layer that protect and builds the soil. Local greenwaste mulch can offer the same advantage to the landscapes you design and maintain while increasing your profits. Making and using greenwaste mulch recycles plant material into a valuable tool for the landscape professional.
Here are extremely important Mulch basics ;
- Before applying mulch, remove weeds and water thoroughly. You’ll get the best weed control when you weed first then spread the mulch. And it if often easier to wet the soil before applying mulch.
- Replace grass with mulch under trees and around poles. Mulching under trees to the drip line minimizes competition for water and nutrients from grass and mimics the way trees grow in nature. It simplifies mowing and can reduce trimming operations and labor. In addition, mulching around poles, tree trunks and over surface roots prevents damage from mowers and weed eaters.
- Keep mulch 6-12 inches away from the base of trees and shrubs. Tree trunks are not suited to wet conditions. Placing mulch so that you can see the root flare keeps the trunk dry and reduces the risk of damage from disease, insects, and rodents.
- Choose the application rate that will give you the best results.
- General Use: Apply a layer that settles to 2-4 inches deep. This is the best general application rate, especially for use in planting beds.
- Fine Mulch: Apply no more than 2 inches. Thin layers of fine mulch (particle size of half-inch or less) are less likely to impede air and water. Fine mulches decompose more quickly and need to be replenished more often than coarse, woody mulches.
- Coarse Mulch: Use 4-6 inches or more to control weeds in open spaces. Coarse mulch is best for weed control; it prevents annual weed seeds from germinating. Weeds that do sprout are easier to remove. For maximum weed control, replenish mulch once a year.
- You can have too much of a good thing: Use lesser amounts of mulch on poorly drained soils.
- Keep mulch on top of the soil to prevent tying up nitrogen. Any wood material that is incorporated into the soil will temporarily inhibit the soil’s ability to supply nitrogen to the plants. However, according to research, mulch only uses nitrogen at the soil surface, and not from the root zone. If you do not turn mulch into the soil, you’ll prevent nitrogen drag.
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