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Mulching & Edging

Mulching is a layer of an important feature of gardening maintenance. Applying a protective layer of mulch suppresses unwanted weeds, protects from extremes temperature  and reduces the evaporation of water. Mulch material ranges from chips of redwood to gravel to manmade materials like rubber and plastic. If you want mulch for your flower beds, we can advise you on which kind of mulch is best for your particular garden.

The best time-saving measure a gardener can take is applying mulch. This goes for every garden site, from vegetable garden to flower bed. Mulched gardens are healthier, more weed free, and more drought-resistant then unmulched gardens, so you’ll spend less time watering, weeding, and fighting pest problems.

There are two basic kinds of mulch: organic and inorganic. Organic mulches include formerly living material such as chopped leaves, straw, grass clippings, compost, wood chips, shredded bark, sawdust, pine needles, and even paper. Inorganic mulches include gravel, stones, black plastic, and geotextiles (landscape fabrics).

Both types discourage weeds, but organic mulches also improve the soil as they decompose. Inorganic mulches don’t break down and enrich the soil, but under certain circumstances they’re the mulch of choice. For example, black plastic warms the soil and radiates heat during the night, keeping heat-loving vegetables such as eggplant and tomatoes cozy and vigorous.

A beautiful lawn and garden takes a lot of work to maintain. However, there are ways to lighten the load and one of those is to add lawn edging.

Edging is a natural barrier or cut between your grass and garden beds.

Landscape edging. Popular edging materials include brick, stone, concrete, plastic tubing, fencing, and tiles. Edging creates a crisp, clean look by emphasizing the line around your garden beds. It prevents lawn grass from invading the garden, and it keeps soil and mulch where it belongs, instead of spilling over onto the grass.Edging also protects your garden bed from unwanted humans. It creates a visible barrier to keep people out of areas you don’t want them walking.

Remember, the goal is to improve the look of your lawn and make it easier to maintain. Landscape edging is both aesthetic and functional in this manner. It gives your yard a well-manicured look, and creates a clean line for mowing and trimming. If you’re willing to invest in a little extra cost up front, the time and effort you’ll save later can be worth it.

You can also just cut a narrow trough along the edge of your garden bed. Make it about an inch deeper than the grass roots. A trough like this can give you many of the same benefits as edging, as long as you continue to maintain it regularly.

 

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