While flowers, trees and plants may be the focal points of the landscape, a properly maintained mulch bed provides the backdrop to let these stars truly shine. Rich and colorful mulch creates a beautiful and inviting groundcover. More importantly, regular mulching helps prevent weed growth, protects the soil from erosion and helps the ground soak up more rainwater for the plants. Over time, mulches made from organic wood and other materials increase the nutrient levels and fertility of the soil as they break down and are absorbed. Groundshog Lawn and Landscape incorporates residential mulching into landscape installation and maintenance for our customers in Catonsville, Arbutus, Ellicott City, and Baltimore, Maryland.
Residential Mulching Options
Shredded bark is a common and inexpensive mulching option. Cedar and other woods are used in shredded bark mulch, for a variety of colors and textures. Pine bark nuggets are slower to break down, but more difficult to keep in place on slopes or areas with increased rainwater or runoff. The golden color of straw adds a nice light touch as a mulch for gardens, but it’s essential that the straw is free of weed seeds. The use of compost, leaves or grass clippings is also recommended for some mulch applications to help increase soil nutrient levels.
Residential Mulching for Weed Control
Mulching and applying weed barriers is a crucial step in preventing weed growth. These protective layers are applied around the existing plants, but block weeds from getting the sun room to grow they need to take root.
Drainage and Erosion Control from Residential Mulching
Soil benefits a great deal from proper mulching. As older mulch breaks down, the nutrients soak into the soil, while larger pieces of the dissolving mulch help with soil thickness and consistency. The top layer of mulch also helps to soak up more rainwater and gradually release it to the soil below, preventing erosion and providing more water to the surrounding plants.
The Groundshog Difference – for Mulching and All Your Landscape Needs
We strive to keep our landscape maintenance customers happy for the long haul, and regular mulching is a key piece in this puzzle. Our simple policy of “We’re happy when you’re happy!” is the key to building long-term client satisfaction. Our customers choose us because:
- In addition to mulching, we provide complete lawn and landscape maintenance
- Time-tested estimating for value-based services while working within a budget
- We keep it local – we service communities where our families live and grew up
- Coordinated planning for long-term satisfaction when maintaining or installing a landscape
- Year-round service for all climates and challenges
- Convenient payment options: pay by cash, check or charge. Pay all at once to receive a 10% discount or spread the payments out equally over a 10- 12 month period.