Mulching is an essential process for many types of plants and landscaping features, but there is some debate about when you should do it. Some people insist it should only be done in the spring, while others firmly believe that applying it in the fall is best. Still others advocate multiple applications each year. There are many reasons why Harford County homeowners should apply mulch this fall. Here are some basics about what mulch is, why you should apply it this season, and how to mulch successfully.
What is Mulch?
“Mulch” is any number of materials that homeowners can place on the soil in their gardens for a variety of purposes. Many blends are made of shredded bark or wood. Lehnhoff’s Supply carries double shredded mulch and dyed black or red mulch to suit your property’s specific needs, and our mulches are also available for delivery. You can use mulch to deter pests, insulate roots and tender plants, suppress weeds, and add a polished look to your landscape.
Why Should You Apply it in Autumn?
Although many gardeners swear by routine spring mulching, applying it in the autumn serves a crucial purpose for homeowners in Harford County. A substantial layer of the shredded wood can help protect your plants and their roots from frost. This insulation helps your plants bounce back and start growing faster once spring arrives and temperatures rise. However, because many mulches are made of organic materials, they break down over time, losing their color and texture. Because of this, folks who mulch in the fall may have to reapply in the spring if they want their yards to have a clean, polished look.
How Should You Apply it?
First and foremost, homeowners should research the type of material they need, measure the area to be covered, and learn how deep their layer of material should be. From there, they can estimate how much mulch they need to buy. The process of mulching typically involves stripping away the old material, removing any weeds or debris, edging the surrounding landscaping, and applying new mulch. If you have any questions about how much mulch you need or what types of material are available, contact Lehnhoff’s Supply today.
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. 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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