MULCH

Mulch is an essential element to any yard or garden.  Not only does mulch help your soil to retain moisture and suppress weeds, but it also keep the soil nutrient dense and makes any yard or garden look more attractive. There is slightly more to mulch than dumping the stuff all over the ground and spreading it around with a rake. Professional Raleigh landscapers use edging tools to get that well-defined transition from lawn to planting bed. Maybe your yard already has some well-defined edges, in which case you can dig along the sides of driveways, walkways and patios to lower the ground level a couple inches below grade. Slope the soil gradually to the adjacent grade on the other side so that it doesn't drop off abruptly, but leave enough of a lip there to hold the mulch in place.

 

As far as mulch providing a suppressant for weeds, don't think for a minute that skimming off a few inches of topsoil and adding a layer of mulch has completely eradicated weeds. Weeds are insidious, lying awake during their dormant stage underground, plotting their next surprise attack on your lawn. This means that you too should lie awake at night devising clever strategies to defeat them. While you're digging out your mulch bed, be on the lookout for root systems that you can tear out of the earth with your bare hands, but even then don't assume the war is won. For that you may need to use our weed and feed products, such as Roundup, pre-emergent and post-emergent. Give us a call today for a customized plan for your own yard, garden or next landscaping project.