How to Prepare Your Garden for Fall and Winter

How to Prepare Your Garden for Fall and Winter

As the weather begins to get colder, the ground temperatures begin to change. Did you know that rapid freezing and thawing can cause problems to some garden plants and can invite unwanted pests into your garden?

Here are some tips to help you prepare your garden for fall and winter.

FALL CLEAN UP

Remove old plants and over growth. This is important since old decaying plants can produce fungus. Removing the plants also removes insect eggs or unwanted pests that could hide in the stalks and leaves during winter.

Fall is also a good time to clear out any invasive weeds in your garden. This will help eliminate their return in spring.

APPLY MULCH

Applying mulch in the winter has some of the same benefits as applying mulch in the summer months. As the mulch breaks down in the winter months, the nutrients are absorbed into the ground creating a nutrient rich soil for spring!

 The mulch helps regulate the temperature of the soil and moisture by insulating the plants. This is especially important for winter crops like garlic, onions, and asparagus which need to establish roots in the winter.

Applying mulch to your garden pathways not only makes your garden look neat and tidy, it also helps controls soil erosion, water runoff and keeps the mud to a minimum.

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What is the Best Playground Flooring?

What’s the big deal with certified playground wood chips and is it really better than other playground surfaces that have been used for decades? YES! So much better! The iPhone isn’t the only thing that’s been upgrading, mulch has too, specifically, mulch for children’s playgrounds to ensure the safest possible environment, way safer than other surfaces that used to be used.

Still not sold? Take a look at the following facts to decide for yourself:

 

  1. Sand – this material attracts animals (eww, did someone say health hazard!) not to mention that annoying sand that gets everywhere and somehow, despite your best efforts to shake and wipe and dump all of it from shoes and clothes, it still manages to find its way into your home.
  2. Rubber- were you aware that states such as California have federal agencies studying this material because it’s level of toxicity is under question? (No thanks! Not around my child)
  3. Wood Chips- “Ouch! A splinter”, I can hear it already.
  4. Regular Mulch- isn’t this for your yard? I don’t know about you but my child has a higher priority than the weeds in my yard do.
So, what’s so great about the certified playground mulch? What makes it so much better and improved?
 
  1. It’s tumbled. So what? Well actually this process reduces the risk of splinters simultaneously making the material less sharp
  2. Helps to absorb shock! According to a report put out by the Consumer Product Safety Commission just about 60% of injuries sustained on playgrounds across America were the direct result of a fall to the ground. Better safe than sorry is what I always say. Extra cushion for my clumsy child? Yes please!
  3. Specifically designed for this type of environment- to be around children, outside, in communities
  4. Meets ASTM standards for size, impact attenuation, and flammability rate- all good things here!

Playgrounds are an essential part of childhood development which is why it is essential to ensure your playground is surrounded by the safest mulch, Mavroff’s Certified Playground Mulch. Mavroff knows the importance of fun and safety which is why we take the utmost care in our certified playground.

We have 18 Varieties of Mulch!

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Landscaping with Mulch

Ever wonder why some homes at first glance just look put together? You can’t quite put your finger on it, but the lawn, the home, everything just looks … put together.  Well, search no further for the hidden secret to the perfect lawn because right here we have three tips that will totally transform the way your lawn looks so that you too will be the proud owner of a “wow, I don’t know what it is but their yard is stunningly put together” home.

Mulch not only helps prevent unsightly weeds from popping up, helps keep water in the ground to ensure longer and healthier plant lives, regulates soil temperature to prolong  vegetation life, among an assortment of other benefits but it also, when applied properly, brings your entire home and yard together for a beautiful finish.

So, how exactly does one “properly” apply their mulch?  ….

Use the same mulch type & color

Using the same mulch type (Canadian Pine Natural Bark Mulch, Hemlock Natural Bark Mulch, Large Pine Natural Bark Nuggets, etc.) which also includes using the same color throughout your entire yard will help to unify the entire landscape.

Don’t underestimate the aesthetic value of a well mulched landscape. Mulch, when used correctly has the added benefit of enhancing your overall landscape theme. It is recommended that you first focus on your vegetative cover such as shrubs to cover the soil and then you move on to adding the mulch. This will ensure a well rounded landscape.

The visual to the right of this section is a clear indicator of just how effective the right mulch can be, but also highlights the damage the wrong mulch can do to your landscape.

Keep soil in check 

Don’t let the natural beauty around you be the demise of the beauty you create. Soil can add to the landscape when used properly with mulch, but when not properly utilized together, the soil can act as a black plague. The soil can disrupt vegetation by spreading soil-borne diseases which will inevitably upset the overall fung shui you’ve so devoutly built for your yard.

When applied properly, the mulch will act as a control factor to keep the soil in place ensuring all your hard work stays pristine throughout the seasons. Thanks mulch!

What about those trees? 

For those of you with trees on your property, make sure you don’t overlook those spots when mulching. These spots can prove vital for the way you choose to landscape with mulch for your trees. Using the same mulch around tree beds will not only continue to bring the entire landscape together but it will also act as a barrier to protect the trunks from damage caused by lawn equipment and other outside factors. However, and this part is imperative to the health of your trees, make sure you PROPERLY apply the mulch around these areas.

These areas specifically require extreme precision in the way you lay down your mulch. While the mulch is intended to do your trees good, it can do more harm than good when not applied properly. For more information on properly applying mulch click on the following link How to Apply Mulch. With that being said, do your trees a favor and give them the longest, most pristine life possible, surround them with mulch (just do so correctly!).

 

With help from Mavroff you too can end up with a clean, upscale looking yard that you’ve been longing to achieve and seamlessly become the envy of all the neighbors with your dazzling landscaping skills. Mavroff, The Mulch Man, is able to provide you with a plethora of mulches that fit your specific style ensuring a stunning yard for you and those who pass by to enjoy.  Stay tuned for more tips and tricks to help you achieve the perfect landscape look with Mavroff’s various mulches!

We have 18 Varieties of Mulch!

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Keep Plants Cool, Moist and Free of Weeds

Apply mulch around your trees, shrubs, vegetable plants and flower gardens, to provide ground covering to keep the soil in your beds moist. You will water less and your garden will stay free of weeds.

Using Mulch to Keep Gardens Cool and Moist

Using mulch in your garden bed and around trees will help keep your plants cool and hydrated during these hot summer months. Make sure you are using organic mulch materials since the plants receive nutrients as the mulch breaks down into the soil. Natural mulch, such as, wood chips, bark nuggets and shredded bark, are most popular. Leaves and straw are other alternatives that work as well. Avoid using rocks or gravel since they get hot in the sun and can actually cook the roots.

When mulching around trees, shrubs or along borders, use larger bark nuggets or wood chips.

For vegetable gardens, perennial or annual beds, use finer shredded mulch. The nutrients will break down more quickly into the soil!

Mulch Helps Control Weeds

Mulch can also be helpful to cut down on weeds that take water and nutrients from your plants. Mulch can help control weeds by blocking the sunlight that most weeds need to take over large surface areas. Any weeds that do appear are small enough to pull as you maintain your beds.

Tips for Applying Mulch

The most important thing to do before mulching is to clear the area around the plants and thoroughly water the beds to ensure the soil is moist.

Apply mulch 2 to 3 inches thick around trees, shrubs and vegetable plants.

For vegetable beds, you only need a thickness of 1 to 2 inches.

Keep mulch at least 4 to 6 inches away from trunks or main stems.

Maintain Your Mulch

Mulch is natural material that is meant to break down and decay overtime, releasing nutrients into the soil. It is important to rotate the mulch as you water your plants to help this process along. Replenish the mulch as the layer gets thinner.

 

We have 18 Varieties of Mulch!

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Preparing your Lawn and Garden for Spring Mulching

Prepare your lawn for spring by removing debris such as leaves, twigs, dead plants, and other undesirables that have accumulated over the winter. Drainage areas are typically where this debris gathers. By clearing these,  you ensure that the rains of spring will run off adequately. Rakes and air blowers work well for this job.

Clearing the debris will free the area so when fertilizer is applied, it soaks in and does its job, if this is not done, the fertilizer and other materials get blocked by the excess debris.

Early in the spring season, if you use a combination of fertilizer and pre-emergent, your grass will be fed and you will get a head start in preventing the growth of crab grass. Catching the crabgrass early allows less fighting during the thick of the season. Some fertilizers include pre-emergent in the weed killer, this can lower the cost and save you on application time.

In the spring, it’s important to mow your grass early and often. Once you let the grass grow too high and then give it a trim, it stunts the roots so they cannot reproduce properly – leaving you with thinner, weaker grass. By mowing every five days for the first few weeks of the season, this ensures a thicker, fuller lawn.

Weeds that grow in spring have shallow roots, pulling them now will be the easiest. Once you have the lawn cleared up of debris and trimmed the grass, you’ll need to edge out your beds, cut back the shrubs and replace or add mulch to those areas as well. You’ll want to add mulch to protect your beds now before the heat of summer sets in. We suggest adding a depth of about 3 to 4 inches of mulch for this process. Adding a layer of mulch on a planting bed helps suppress weeds, retain moisture, and help control soil temperature.

If you have a layer of mulch from previous years, you can simply refresh the bed with a thin 1- to 1½-inch layer. When you apply mulch, it restores the color, improves drainage, and helps protect your lawn against erosion.

If you have never laid mulch down, you will need a thicker layer of mulch to properly insulate plants and create that moisture and heat barrier. We suggest up to 4 inches of mulch will be the max. If you lay too much mulch you could prevent nutrients from reaching plant roots.

Use wood chips on muddy walk ways or to create walkways in your garden.

Here at Mavroff, we sell, deliver and install to all of southeastern Wisconsin with FREE delivery to select service areas. Mavroff Inc. specializes in wholesale loads for contractors and residential deliveries. You can also stop in for free samples or pick-up orders! We offer 18 varieties of mulch including large pine bark nuggets, shredded hemlock, western red cedar, playground wood chips,  brown enviro-colorized mulch and much more! Topsoil is also available!

Why Mulch?

Mulch can do wonders for improving the overall beauty and health of your landscape and plants.

While mulch can be used to improve the overall physical appearance of the landscape, the benefits it has to offer your trees, shrubs and planting beds run far deeper than looks alone.