Spring has sprung and that means that many of us have thrown off our winter doldrums and rushed outside to get our hands in the dirt. This is the season of gardening and other outdoor home improvement projects. A pivotal part of many of these landscaping activities involves mulch. And while pretty much everyone knows we need it, not everyone knows how many important uses mulch has and how to make the most of it. Read on for the details on how you can get the most bang for your buck with the mulch in your yard this spring and summer in Fullerton.
Stir Up The Old
If you have mulched your Fullerton garden in the past, probably last fall as you got everything ready to overwinter, there should still be some of that mulch there. Since most gardening mulch is organic, it breaks down over time. If the old mulch is still nice and moist and there is a reasonable layer, it is not likely time for new mulch yet (even though the new mulch would make the garden look finished and beautiful). Gently stir up the old mulch so that it allows some air and moisture to work down. Once it starts to dry out and break down, then you’re ready to apply new mulch.
Let It Warm Up
When the soil below the old mulch is cold, you don’t want to add new mulch on top. If you do, you could be trapping those cold temperatures down there and stall the growth of your plants. Wait for the ground temperatures to warm up before adding fresh mulch on top.
Strip Away The Old
Once things have warmed up, it is time to finally play in the dirt. Start by stripping away the old (now warmer and drier) mulch. As the sunlight gets more intense and your plants start poking their heads out, getting rid of that old mulch will give them more chance to thrive.
Choose The Right New Mulch
Most gardens need at least an inch of new mulch each year. If you’re using a mulch to control weeds, however, the layer needs to be thicker. Once you have your Fullerton garden set and the plants are coming in, so layer at least three to four inches of mulch on for weed control. If you use organic mulch, like shredded wood, the nutrients from it will cycle back into the topsoil as it breaks down and further help your garden grow.
Questions? Lehnhoff’s Supply is Here to Help
If you still have more questions about how to best prepare your landscape or garden for spring, the trained professionals at Lehnhoff’s Supply are here to help you. Find us at 2708 Belair Road, Fallston, MD 21047 and give us a call at 410-510-7646. For tips, tricks, and to see what we have been up to, be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter!
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