Lawn Service Consumer Guide
Think you need 24/7 maintenance to keep your yard looking great? Think again—the secret weapon you need may be sitting right in your garage.
Mulch – The Pro Secret to Perfect Lawns
Gardening pros know the humble bag of mulch can do wonders for the appearance and health of your yard. It’s also a sustainable solution: Mulching is one of the 9 principles of Florida Friendly Landscaping, which promotes low-maintenance, environmentally friendly gardening practices. Here are just five of its benefits.
Framing – A layer of mulch adds instant style and polish to any yard, framing and providing an attractive backdrop for your trees, flowers, lawn and home.
Color Contrast – Mulch adds a pop of contrasting color that sets off the beauty of a well-kept lawn. It also makes for a stunning backdrop to showcase the colors of flowers. Give your yard a signature color scheme
with the rich brown of shredded bark, the rustic look of pine needles, or the golden glow of shredded cypress.
Chemical-Free Weed Control – A thick layer of mulch also blocks weed growth without harmful chemicals. The Landscaping Principles for Florida-Friendly Yards recommends a 2-3 inch layer of mulch. But don’t overdo it—too much mulch can stress root systems and lead to root rot.
Healthier Plants – A properly applied layer of mulch also keeps plants healthy by keeping the soil temperature stable and adding valuable nutrients to the soil. It also reduces irrigation costs by providing ground cover that blocks out the sun and retains moisture.
Enhanced Property Values – For prospective homebuyers, first impressions count. And a properly manicured landscape makes a memorable first impression guaranteed to boost your resale value.
Easy to Apply
Applying mulch is simple. With just a few easy steps, you’ll be on your way to a show-stopping landscape: 1) Measure the area you plan to mulch. 2) Buy the amount of mulch you need from your local home repair shop or nursery. 3) Clear shrub and weeds from the area you wish to mulch. 4) Create a clean edge for the mulch bed. 5) Lay mulch 2-3 inches deep (use less if you already have mulch layers.) 6) Sweep sidewalks and clear out any debris 7) Step back and admire.
When Should You Mulch?
The best time to apply mulch is after your trees have lost all their leaves—locally, that means between February through April.
Need help with mulch? Call (352) 514-5890 to get $30 off when you sign up before February 14th. Sun Power Lawn Care, the premier landscaping and lawn service serving Gainesville, is ready to make your yard fabulous.