Why Install Mulch?
Mulch Installation can improve your soil conditions and maintain moisture to keep plants healthy and green. Aside from plant health, installing mulch can exponentially increase the curb appeal of your home. It is the most cost-effective improvements a homeowner, property manager, and realtor can do before move-ins, selling, events, holidays, or special occasions. This is part of basic landscaping 101.
What Is The Right Mulch?
Select between an organic mulch or naturally dyed black or brown mulch. Our clients typically prefer brown mulch as it retains its color the longest. Some of our clients who top off mulch more often than once a year go for black mulch. Black mulch tends to fade much quicker than its brown counter part. No matter which mulch you prefer, any mulch is better than no mulch. They all will improve soil conditions and moisture retention.
When to Install Mulch?
We highly recommend to install mulch twice a year for optimal results or once every other season. You may lay mulch at anytime of the year. Typically, our clients like laying mulch in late Spring or early Summer to help lessen plant heat stress, and late Fall before Thanksgiving or early Winter before Christmas to prepare for the holiday season. Because mulch retains moisture, it can help keep plants and trees cooler in the Summer and warmer in the Winter. This keeps microorganisms active which is provides key components for good health. It is also a good idea to install mulch whenever you have newly planted trees or shrubs. This helps them establish especially during their first year after being transplanted.
Where (Else) Do We Install Mulch?
Most of the time, we install mulch on plant beds and tree beds, but in some circumstances we've been requested to install mulch for other purposes:
Play Areas. Mulch can be a good ground cover for playgrounds to soften the fall of playing children. Installing mulch on perimeters of trampolines - in fact, even underneath trampolines - and around above ground swimming pools have also been a common theme in Austin neighborhoods.
Receded Lawn Areas. Mulch can act as a temporary ground cover on lawn areas that have receded due to a combination of having too much sunlight and lack of watering. Because mulch is water permeable and retains moisture, it can be a cost effective way to repair lawn areas.
Walkways. Mulch can sometimes be used as a ground cover for high foot traffic areas. It absorbs moisture and lessens anaerobic soil conditions that produces mud. By keeping the ground aerobic and dampening the soil from foot traffic compaction, mulch can act as a layer to prevent lawn areas from receding.
How Do We Install The Mulch and Maintain It?
Prep. Pull weeds out of the lawn and make an edge for the mulch. If there is an existing mulch, shovel it off the work area.
Weed Fabric Installation. Cover the bare ground with weed fabric in order to control the amount of weeds that may grow on the bed. Although the weed fabric is optional, we highly recommend applying weed fabric first before laying the mulch.
Mulch Installation. Lay the mulch on the work area between 2-3 inches.
Maintenance. Turn the mulch every month using a leaf rake. Top off the mulch once every other season for optimal results.
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50K Professional Lawn Services LLC. 844-505-5296. Austin, Texas.