August Newsletter

Posted by twelve60 - August 5, 2014 - Newsletter - No Comments

How To Get A Great Looking Landscape.
Secrets You Need to Know.

The earth’s crucial thin layer of soil must be protected, maintained, built and nourished. Mulch enables, conserves and enhances our precious soil. Mulch insulates and protects soil from drying and hard-baking effects caused by evaporation of water from soil exposed to hot sun and winds. Mulched soils are cooler and have less fluctuation in soil temperature than non-mulched soils; which helps plants to grow evenly.

Mulches break the force of rain and irrigation water, thereby preventing erosion, soil compaction and crusting. Mulched soils absorb water faster. The mulch covering excludes light which prevents germination of many weed seeds. Fewer weeds provide less competition for available moisture and nutrients. Mulches also enhance the look of the landscape.

While mulches do retain moisture in the soil, it will still be necessary to water plants growing in mulched soils. Water should be targeted beneath the mulch specifically at the root zone of your plants. Drip irrigation is the most efficient, effective watering technique; best when used during drought restrictions that forbid everyday watering.

When a plant thirsts and is severely stressed, overall vigor and production (of flowers) are decreased. Shrubs display foliage abnormalities! Flowers bloom with mediocrity! Trees don’t grow rapidly! When watering, please keep in mind all water restrictions.

There are many different types of mulches than can be used, pine bark, wood chips and pine straw are favorites. Wood chips are long-lasting, lie flat, and do not blow away easily, wood chips come in colors such as red, black and brown. Pine straw is a low cost, effective mulch that makes your landscape and flower beds look gorgeous, especially when freshened semiannually.

We also keep shredded and chipped cypress mulch available. It’s a light brown to white color that really “brightens” the look of the landscape. Finally, mulch can build soil organic matter over time improves soil fertility.

Inorganic mulches don’t add nutrients to soil and don’t really decompose, (they tend to disappear into the soil); yet they are effective mulches and quite attractive. Crushed rock and pea gravel are two of them. Crushed rock are available in many also very attractive, varies in size and is especially good for soil surface around plants in containers.

August Chores

  • Deadhead annual
    flowers and crepe myrtles
  • Inspect lawns for mole
    crickets and grubs
  • Treat ant hills, mow,
    edge, and trim turf
  • Weed beds and enjoy
    seasonal flowers
  • Tune up irrigation system
    and watch for dry spots