This time of year weeds are growing….well, like weeds. Sure, there are a few chemical solutions that claim to stop them in their tracks, but most of them have been found to be hazardous.
“Think it’s an overstatement to call it the war against weeds? Here’s what you’re up against. A single redroot pigweed is able to produce up to 30,000 seeds in a season. And those seeds can remain alive in the soil for 70 years waiting to sprout and overrun your perennial border at any time. Controlling weeds is a fight you can’t win entirely because they always grow back. But you can keep weeds under control by depriving new ones of the conditions they need to take root in the first place and then removing those that sprout.” This Old House.
The safest way to combat weeds is with a fresh application of mulch
Not only will mulch make your landscape and garden look more attractive, it will also make it healthier. It also means you will be spending less time weeding, watering, and more time enjoying the fruits of your labor.
Make sure to avoid the ‘volcano’ of mulch. That’s when you pile mulch up against tree trunks or woody stems of shrubs. Not only does it cause rot, it tends to encourage unwanted animals, such as moles and mice to nest there.
Choosing the best mulch
For flower beds, gardens and around shrubs and trees, typically organic mulch is the better choice. Bark mulch decomposes over time and releases valuable nutrients into the soil. They also establish a welcoming habitat for beneficial microorganisms and worms.
In areas that receive a lot of shade or have issues with erosion, rocks may work better. Rocks come in a variety of sizes, colors and textures to enhance your landscape. They can be more economical because they don’t need replacing as often as organic mulch and they are also excellent for pathways and driveways.
Save Money by Purchasing Both Organic Mulch and Rock in Bulk
Which ever mulch you choose, mulch or rocks, to spruce up your landscaping this spring, make sure it is a good quality at an affordable price. For a limited time Reliable Peat is offering 10% off all bulk orders over 6 yards! Contact us today for more information.