March at GE Landscape Supply means one thing… our Mulch Madness Sales Event is finally here! Time to spruce up planting beds, tree rings and save $$$'s on all of our mulch varieties! This sale event lasts the entire month of March. The weather is warming up and maybe, adding a little “Spring” to your step. Mulch is an easy way to add the “wow” factor to your landscaping. Let us help by sharing some tips and tricks to properly mulching.
Top Reasons to Mulch
Mulch adds value to your landscape in both practical and aesthetic ways. First, nobody likes to pull weeds and a good layer of mulch is great for weed prevention. Mulch helps regulate soil temperature and protect plants from temperature fluctuation. Mulch helps retain moisture. Mulching around trees and shrubs can help prevent injury to these plants as you mow and trim.
We all make mistakes and underestimating the amount of Mulch needed is probably the most common thing we hear. Picking up or having the wrong quantity delivered can lead to multiple unneeded trips. Most areas should have 2”- 3” of mulch applied. Use our online materials calculator at the bottom of the page to see how much your space will need.
Mulching around trees and shrubs is great. However, don’t pile mulch against the trunk like a volcano… this encourages pests and diseases. Instead, pull mulch about 2 inches away from the trunk to create a ring around the tree.
Not too thick, not to thin… Be sure to give early spring seedlings a chance to break through the mulch layer. If you apply too thick of a layer you may inhibit the plant's growth.
Steps to Success
When you’re ready to mulch your garden, follow these steps.
1. If you are not sure what type or amount of mulch to get stop by GE Landscape Supply for a free soil consultation. Different soil types will need different amounts of mulch. When you bring in a soil sample, we will be able to pinpoint the best options for you.
2. Before mulching ensure your area is as weed-free as possible.
3. Level out the soil as much as conditions permit. Use a rake to spread the mulch evenly throughout your space. Take extra care around existing plants; make sure the mulch is not resting directly on their stems.
4. If you are mulching around trees or shrubs it is important to remember to leave space between the mulch and the trunk and water it to anchor it in place.
5. Step back and enjoy the fruits of your labor (especially if it is a veggie garden). Mulching now will help you avoid strenuous weeding later on and will encourage the overall health of your landscape.
Published: March 2, 2018