When we think of mulch most of us envision spring time with our flowers blooming as we welcome the new warm weather. Primarily, that is when mulch is used. With that mindset it is easy to forget that mulch plays an important role in the fall as well. Our plants and shrubs are able to cope with the cold of winter. They do need a little help from us though because winter can be pretty severe.
Think of mulch as a blanket for your plants, shrubs, and ornamental trees. Mulch creates a barrier between the harsh cold and surface snow. By insulating the root system it keeps the temperature much warmer, and actually does the opposite in summer by keeping it cooler.
Fall Mulching services include cleaning all of the existing mulch beds, plant beds to be weeded/edged for definition, pruning of plants and shrubs (less than 15 feet in height) will be performed as appropriate at time of service to maintain proper shape. Premium double-shredded hardwood mulch will be spread to the beds to give a fresh uniform look for the Fall.
Benefits to Mulching
- Adds nutrients to the beds to help with healthy plant growth
- Helps to reduce weed germination and growth
- Helps retain soil moisture, protecting plants from drying out quickly
- Reduces erosion
- Moderates soil temperature fluctuations
- Protects plant roots from winter
- Mulch will give beds a uniform, well-cared for look
The Green Hill Landscaping Service Advantage
Plant beds to be weeded and edged for definition. Pruning of plants and shrubs (less than 15 feet in height) will be performed as seasonally appropriate at time of service to maintain proper shape. Premium dark brown double-shredded hardwood mulch will be spread to maintain approx. 1” depth throughout existing beds.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Spring & Fall Mulching
Do you remove the existing mulch?
- Following the industry’s best practices and standards, we aim to keep a layer of mulch of about 2-3 inches. In other words, we will add as much mulch is necessary for proper nourishment and protection. This procedure is the same when it comes to fall mulch as well. We do not remove the layer in fall either but work to supplement it.
What is a pre-emergent weed preventer? Why do you apply it to beds during spring mulching?
- The pre-emergent weed preventer is a treatment helping with the reduction of weed growth in spring after we have installed the spring mulch. This treatment shows the best results when we apply it in spring or any period following the soil cultivation.
Do you spread a thinner layer of mulch in fall mulching vs. the spring one? Why?
- As we stated before, we aim to maintain an approximately two-three inches base. In fall, after we complete the work, we also finish mulching with a thin layer that plays two essential roles: it adds a supplementary esthetic value to your yard and garden, making it stand out from the neighborhood crowd with its manicured look; it also ensures the safety and nourishment of the vegetation during the cold season.