Five Health Benefits of Gardening!

1. Exposure to vitamin D  Vitamin D increases your calcium levels, which benefits your bones and immune system. A 2014 Italian study, published on the National Institutes of Health website, found that exposure to sunlight helped older adults achieve adequate serum vitamin D levels. So outdoor activities like gardening are a perfect way to get your sunshine while pursuing a …

How To Maintain Mulch!

Generally, mulch needs very little attention to function as it should, and some mulches can last 10 years or longer before needing to be replaced. It’s most important to occasionally check the depth of your mulch and make sure it falls between 2 to 4 inches deep. Nevertheless, mulch color naturally fades over time from sun exposure, and sometimes weeds …

Putting Rock Down Instead of Mulch!

Rocks lend color, texture, and a touch of Zen to your garden, but they’re not right for every area of your yard. Using rocks for mulch is a more permanent solution than using organic materials such as pine straw or wood chips that break down over time. Rocks tend to retain heat, drying out the soil at night and heating …

Stone vs Mulch, or Both!

Mulch isn’t the only choice for accenting landscaping. Many homeowners are choosing decorative stone in addition to or instead of mulch. Stone is a great low-maintenance alternative ground cover material for those who don’t want to spend a ton of time weeding around bushes and flower beds. Additionally, rocks and stones work better around the borders of pools and hot …

The Best Tools For Mulching!

When you head out to mulch a garden, prepare to break a sweat. Although labor-intensive, the garden task is worth the effort! Even though no method — short of hiring muscle — makes mulching less work, streamline your efforts by using the correct tools. Mulch on Wheels The mulch you use can be purchased in bags — an expensive option …

Disposing Of Old Mulch!

If the condition of the old mulch has not decomposed appreciably by the time spring comes, it will still be usable. How do you determine its condition? Well, scoop up some of the mulch in your hands. Has it more or less broken down into fine particles, so that it is no longer clearly distinguishable from dirt? In that case, …

Five Types of Organic Mulch For Your Garden!

If you are looking for an organic solution to your mulch needs, here are 5 natural types of mulch for gardens that are easy to use and provide all the benefits necessary to keep your plants growing healthy and happy. Each helps suppress weeds, conserves moisture, adds nutrients to the soil, and keeps plant roots warm in winter and cooler …

Top 10 Question About Mulch!

1. Is it ok to use leaves for mulch? In nature, leaves that fall in the forest to protect understory plants through the winter and add rich organic matter to the forest floor. Ground or shredded leaves make an excellent mulch for established trees, shrubs and flowerbeds. 2. Why are there mushrooms growing in mulch? Mushrooms tend to grow in areas …

How To Properly Edge Your Mulch Beds!

A clean and smooth line provides a finished look and a sense of clarity to an area. Such meticulous attention to detail doesn’t require a lot of work. We use four simple steps to create and freshen up the edges in the spring, giving your mulch beds nice, crisp lines. Step One: The first step is to cut the edge. …

What Kind Of Mulch To Put In My Garden?

There are two basic kinds of mulch: organic and inorganic. Organic mulches include formerly living material such as chopped leaves, straw, grass clippings, compost, wood chips, shredded bark, sawdust, pine needles, and even paper. Inorganic mulches include black plastic and geotextiles (landscape fabrics). Both types of mulch discourage weeds, but organic mulches also improve the soil as they decompose. Inorganic mulches …