Define beds by creating an edge on existing landscape beds. Trim shrubs, remove clippings, apply pre and post emergent to prevent weeds. Apply the mulch of your choice.
Edge beds, apply pre and post emergent, furnish and install pine straw, pine fines and brown hardwood mulch or any mulch of your choosing.
- Hinders the growth and germination of weeds. Weeds are not only unsightly, they also rob water and nutrients from your plants.
- In areas like Tennessee where we have hot summer months, mulch helps to hold in soil moisture and protects your plants from drying out in between watering.
- Mulching also keeps plant roots cooler and helps to maintain a more even soil temperature.
- Certain types of organic mulch contain nutrients that aid in plant growth and improve soil structure.
- Mulching helps to improve the absorption of water into the soil and helps to prevent runoff.
Types of Mulches:
There are two types of mulches – organic and inorganic.
Organic mulch is comprised of elements that will eventually decompose and add nutrients to improve your soil. Some examples of this are grass clippings, hay or straw, leaves, pine needles and pine bark, wood chips and shredded hardwood mulch.
Inorganic mulch is made up of elements that will not decompose easily and do not need to be replaced as often. Examples of this are black or clear plastic, landscape or ground cloth, gravel and crushed stone and ground rubber tires.