Are weeds a problem for your garden? How about bugs? With our mulch installation services, we properly install your mulch so your landscape can reap the benefits.
Why Your Landscaping
Prevents Soil Erosion
Create a Finished Look
- After your tree is planted and backfilled, we remove any grass in a three feet radius. If the tree is larger then we expand the radius to ten feet.
- Then we pour and spread mulch at least two to four inches deep around the circle we’ve created for your tree.
- For the last step, we give the trunk of your tree two to three inches of space from the mulch. We make sure no mulch touches the trunk.
Mulch Installation for Gardens
- This step is optional, but if you want a clean look, we edge your garden bed first.
- If not done already, we weed the garden to make it harder for weeds to return after the mulch is applied.
- After the garden is weeded, we dump and spread mulch in a two to three-inch deep layer around the garden area. We also leave enough room around stems for plants to breathe.
- Finally, after the mulch installation is complete, we clean any mulch debris in the area.
What Happens if You Over-Mulch
As with everything in nature, your mulch installation requires balance. You don’t want too much, nor do you want too little. If you under mulch, your plants won’t reap the benefits of the mulch, but there’s an easy solution: add more mulch. However, if you add too much mulch and you don’t fix it in time, it can be fatal to plants and trees. If you apply an excess of mulch around plants, it will damage the stems of the plants and stunt growth. A lot of mulch can harbor fungi and disease and infect the plant.
If you apply too much mulch around trees, you can create a “mulch volcano.” This happens because the mulch cannot decompose at the rate that mulch is being applied. As the mulch piles up around the trunk of your tree it can cause root rot from an overgrowth of fungi. It can also suffocate your roots, or worse, the roots can suffocate your tree through girdling. Girdling happens when the roots grow through the mulch and encircle the tree. For more information on tree care, check out our tree services page.
To avoid over-mulching, you should only reapply mulch in the fall or spring if it’s needed. As the mulch decomposes, plow it into the soil to gain benefits from its decomposition. When reapplying new mulch, leave room for tree trunks and plant stems, and don’t apply more than two to three inches deep. If you’re worried about over-mulching, our mulch installation services are guaranteed to get it right every time.
One of the most common types of mulch used in landscaping is organic mulch for a variety of reasons. For one, organic mulch adds nutrients back into the soil. Florida soil is naturally sandy and lacks organic matter. By using organic mulch like wood and shells, you can increase your plant and soil health. Organic mulch also contains no harsh chemicals that harm wildlife or contaminate water. Finally, organic mulch is also sustainable and often much cheaper than inorganic mulch. Below are some of the most common organic mulches you can use in your mulch installation.
Wood and Bark pieces
Municipal Tree Waste
Cocoa Bean Mulch
Leaf Mulch and Grass Clippings
While organic mulch is more common, inorganic mulch is often used with it. While it is not as friendly to the environment as organic mulch, inorganic mulch can still have some benefits. You can use an inorganic mulch to guard your garden against weeds. The inorganic materials also do not decompose as quickly as organic mulch, but inorganic mulch does not increase the quality of the soil. If you’re thinking of using inorganic mulch in your mulch installation, here are some materials you can use.