Creating the ultimate landscape isn’t just about planting trees and watching your plants grow. Pests can throw a wrench into any homeowner’s landscape design plans, and they often lurk just beneath your radar while they gain footing in your garden. Marylanders have to contend with all kinds of beetles, borers, and other bugs, and dousing everything in pesticides simply isn’t a sound option for most properties. Clever landscaping can help. Make sure to choose the right types of plants, keep an eye out for any pests or damage, and follow these mulching best practices to give your garden the best possible odds.
DO Apply Mulch
Mulch is a multi-functional tool for landscapers and homeowners. The material boosts moisture, limits temperature fluctuations, and (in the case of organic mulches) reintroduces nutrients into the soil. All of these benefits make your plants healthier and better equipped to fight off pests, disease, and other problems. However, you can have too much of a good thing.
DON’T Pile Wood Mulch Against Tree Trunks and Walls
Many novice gardeners apply mulch in a “volcano” around their trees, but this can do more harm than good. Organic mulch is typically made of shredded wood, bark, or pine needles. While these materials have significant benefits, they can also create the perfect breeding ground for plant pests. When applying mulch around trees and shrubs, make sure to leave some space between the mulch and any tree trunks, stems, or nearby structures. This keeps excess moisture and harmful pests away from delicate plant parts. Some insects can feed on decaying mulch, and predatory insects like spiders and centipedes will feed on smaller insects lurking in the piles. Keeping these bugs away from your plants and home is the best approach.
DO Explore Stone Mulch Options
Using wood mulch can be a fantastic way to lock in moisture and boost nutrients in your soil, but there are plenty of other options out there. Stone mulches are incredibly popular. Choose your favorite type of gravel, crushed stone, or river rock to create a protective layer around your plants without feeding decay-loving bugs. With stone, you also won’t need to replenish as frequently.
DON’T Forget About Weed Control Fabric, Borders, and Edging
Once you’ve got your mulching plan figured out, visit Lehnhoff’s Supply for mulch, weed control fabric, and other odds and ends. Place a layer of weed control fabric on the ground around your plants before you mulch for added protection and insulation. Consider installing natural stone borders and edging to give your garden some much-needed definition. Visit Lehnhoff’s Supply online or in-store to explore all of our mulches and landscaping supplies!
Questions? Lehnhoff’s Supply is Here to Help
If you still have more questions about how to best prepare your landscape or garden for summer and fall, the trained professionals at Lehnhoff’s Supply are here to help you.
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