Slowly but surely, the outside world is returning to life. The sun is peeking up over the horizon when you drive to work in the morning, the days are getting longer and the nights warmer. You may have even noticed that the trees and shrubs in your yard are starting to put out the bright green buds that herald the arrival of spring.
These are the first signs that it’s time to start your lawn care routine so that you can guarantee a healthy, green yard all summer long. If you’re already itching to get your hands back into your gardening gloves, you might be wondering if it’s time to start placing new mulch in your flower beds and around your landscaping elements.
Impeccable Landscapes is proud to be the lawn care expert that more residents of Spokane turn to when they want to beautify their properties. Keep reading to learn more about the benefits of mulch, and contact our team to get a FREE estimate for lawn care services. We take the guesswork out of lawn care so you can sit back and enjoy the warm weather.
What Is Mulch?
When many people hear the word “mulch” they envision the tree bark-like substance that forms rings around trees in commercial landscaping. However, mulch can be any type of material that is spread or laid over the surface of the soil as a covering. Popular styles of mulch include:
- Bark (shredded or chipper)
- Composted Manure
- Grass Clippings
- Shredded Leaves
How Does Mulch Benefit Your Lawn Care?
There are many reasons why mulch is an important part of any lawn care routine. The most attractive for most homeowners is the way that mulch helps the soil retain its moisture, resulting in a reduced need for watering during the hottest summer months. Mulch can also help suppress weeds, reduce soil temperature, and simply make your landscaping look more attractive.
“Organic mulch will decompose and have to be replaced, however in the process it will also improve your soil’s fertility and, of course, its organic content. Generally the drier and woodier the mulch, the slower it will decompose and the less nutrients it will give to the soil,” explains lifestyle website The Spruce.
At Impeccable Landscapes, our lawn care experts typically apply new mulch in the fall months but there are some compelling reasons to replace/refresh it in the spring as well.
Early Spring Rules For Mulching
Before you (or your lawn maintenance professional) gets too excited, spreading mulch far and near, it’s important to remind yourself of some simple rules for spring mulching.
Assess The Soil
It’s important to take a good hard look at the soil conditions of your lawn and garden before dispersing mulch. Spend a little time with your pitchfork, turning over chunks of garden soil or use your soil knife to take a peek at what’s going on under your turf. If you notice lots of moisture and a cold temperature, it’s probably too soon to begin working on it, and doing so could actually damage your grass.
Fluff And Fold
However, if the soil has had a chance to warm up and dry out a bit, the addition of some high-quality organic mulch can make it easier to plant and weed later on in the year. The “fluff and fold” approach can help to introduce nutrients to the spring soil and break up compaction that provides an inviting habitat for weeds.
“I use a hand tool for best control, such as a Cobrahead,” writes Jennifer Smith for Horticulture Magazine. “The single blade makes it easy to puncture and gently turn the tight mulch with exact precision. This is not a time to cut and turn and dig with abandon. You want to take care to avoid young plants and emerging bulbs.”
Mulching Is Part Of Our Scheduled Lawn Care Services
If you’d rather not worry about which mulch to use, where to apply it, and most importantly when to distribute it throughout your yard and garden beds, why not sign up for scheduled lawn care services from Impeccable Landscapes in Spokane? Our experienced lawn maintenance experts will come out to assess your lawn, recommend just the services you need (and nothing you don’t), and then set up a weekly or monthly service date that will allow you to “set and forget” your lawn care all summer long! Call now to learn how you could get FREE core aeration of your yard!