One of the most important spring gardening necessities that many homeowners overlook is mulch! Keeping your garden beds mulched adds to the natural aesthetics and helps your plants and trees from attracting pests and disease throughout the season. Spring is the perfect time to re-mulch your beds as you begin planting new annuals and sprucing up your landscape. Although it may be tempting to start spreading mulch in your yard as soon as the temperature rises, it is essential to know the best time to apply mulch to ensure your yard is healthy and thriving. Here are a few best practices for spring mulching.
Avoid Mulching When It’s Cold
It’s best to avoid mulching in the early weeks of spring when the ground is still cold. Adding a layer of mulch will trap in the cold, making it harder for the soil to warm up. Instead, give the soil some time to warm under the sun, then add mulch to insulate the roots.
Also, remember that if you’re adding new plants to your landscape design, their roots need time to develop. They can do that through a thin layer of mulch, but a thick layer may be impossible to penetrate. Allow the seedlings to establish their roots before adding mulch to the bed.
Apply Mulch after Spring Thaw
When spring flowers are popping up and the ground has thawed, it’s time to start mulching. Prepare the area first to make certain you will benefit from mulching your landscape. Ensure the soil has proper drainage and enough nutrition by adding compost before any protective covering. Spread about two to three inches of mulch evenly with a rake over the compost.
Mulch is a beneficial addition to any garden bed or landscaped area with trees or shrubs. It can be tempting to keep adding mulch as it may seem your plants will be better protected with more mulch. However, this is not the case. A thick layer of mulch can prevent nutrients like oxygen, water, and sunlight from feeding your landscape. Plus, it can also promote plant disease and pest infestations.
Call the Professionals
If you want to be sure that you follow mulching best practices this spring, contact Lehnhoff’s Supply for expert help. Our landscape professionals can help determine the ideal type and amount of mulch for your landscape. When in doubt, it’s best to call in help from the experts rather than risk doing anything that may hurt your landscape’s growth.
Questions? Lehnhoff’s Supply is Here to Help
If you still have more questions about how to best prepare your landscape for winter or spring, the trained professionals at Lehnhoff’s Supply are here to help you.
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