When things start to get warm, we start thinking about our gardens. We start considering mulch like barkdust, hiring barkdust blowing services, and all kinds of other landscape improvements. As things start to get cold, our interest in landscaping can diminish, and as things in the yard begin to die we stop paying attention until the following spring. But should we be doing it this way? Do we need bark blowing services to prepare for the winter as much as to prepare in the spring?
Why Fall and Winter Barkdust Are Essential
We all know that a couple inches of mulch applied during the growing season helps to preserve moisture in the ground, keep the soil cool through the hot summer, and improve texture infertility. Weeding is easier ,and even the earthworms benefit from a nice layer of barkdust.
What may come as a surprise, however, is that our plants need mulching during the cold weather as much as during the warm. Just as barkdust protects from the heat of summer, it also provides insulation against the cold air and keeps the temperature in the soil from fluctuating to rapidly. That kind of temperature fluctuation can throw plants up out of the soil and expose their upper root systems, which are then damaged. Barkdust will also keep the ground from eroding and compacting as much as they would otherwise. And organic mulches continue to provide food for microbes and earthworms even during the winter months.
Where Should I Apply Barkdust?
Now that you’re convinced, where should you be using your mulch? Naturally, you’ll want to put mulch on all your planted beds, but it’s also beneficial to put it around any permanent planting, including trees and shrubs. It’s also important to put in your barkdust before the first frost, especially for flowerbeds containing annuals. If you want to really help yourself out, apply some more barkdust late in the winter. This will keep many of the weed seeds from germinating and save you a lot of weeding chores later in the year.
How Much Mulch Should I Use?
For your landscaping needs, two or three inches of barkdust is perfect. If you’re putting mulch around the base of trees, you want more: between six and 12 inches. If you’re planning on putting down a layer of bark dust around the children’s playground at the same time, be aware that experts recommend about 12 inches for this application and the children’s safety.
If you love to garden and love your plants, nobody needs to explain to you why you should bother with this type of property improvement. But if you’re not particularly a green thumb, it might help to know that landscaping increases the resale value of a home by as much as 14%. If you spend about 5% of the value of your home on landscape improvement, you can see a return on investment of 150%. These are some great reasons to work on your landscaping even if you don’t love working outside.
No one says that you have to do all the work yourself to improve your property. There are plenty of bark blowing services you can hire to come lay down your mulch and landscapers who will be happy to take care of your property for you.
Whether you do it yourself or you hire professionals, don’t wait to improve the value of your property and the health of your landscaping and plants. And remember: mulch is not just for spring anymore.
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