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Mulch Magic

Mulch Magic

We know we talk about mulch a lot, but it’s for a good reason. Mulch really is a miracle product and can be used for many reasons, from practical to cosmetic. If you are looking for the best little helper for your garden, mulch is probably the answer.

What’s so good about it?

Mulch is great for your plants because it reduces water evaporation while also enhancing water absorption. It improves the quality of your soil as it breaks down and enriches the soil with its nutrients. Mulch also slows the growth of weeds, is inexpensive, and looks amazing. Bark and wood chips are the most common types of mulch we see throughout the area, and the larger chunks will usually last longer because they decompose slower than shredded-wood or small bark mulch. Adding mulch creates a flawless, finished look to a yard, but it also reduces stress because you won’t have as much upkeep with pulling weeds. We suggest pulling weeds before you lay the mulch and get enough to cover about two to four inches in depth to help keep weeds at bay.

When choosing mulch products, organic mulches are great options because as they decompose and break down, they continue to improve the soil underneath. The nutrients from the bark will slowly seep into the soil over the years. It is also a little blanket for your plant’s roots and protects them from extreme hot and cold temperature fluctuations, saving you money on replacing dead plants.

A note on landscape fabric

Landscape fabric underneath mulch is popular choice, but there are some reasons to avoid it. If you want the full benefit of the nutrients from organic mulch, fabric may not be a great idea. Fabric is usually better suited under rocks or stones. If you have trees or large shrubs nearby, the fabric will minimize the water and nutrients going to their extended roots. If you do opt for landscape fabric, be choosy of where you put it and make sure it allows water and air to pass through.

Keep in mind

Although mulch minimizes maintenance, it does not eliminate it. You’ll still need to weed a little here and there, but not as much as without mulch. You’ll also need to replace wood mulch every few years because it will break down over time and it will lose its fresh color as the weather affects it.

Mulch is a versatile project that can be distributed anywhere (but not everywhere) on your property. There are still some conditions to be aware of. Sometimes organic mulches spread in damp areas can retain too much moisture for plants, creating a haven for slugs, fungus, and certain pests. If you have a consistently wet spot, mulch may not be great for that area. It’s good to discuss recommendations from experts to make sure you’re applying mulch to good areas.

Mulch adds color, texture, and a clean finish to any yard. Whether you are a novice or an ardent gardener, you will likely appreciate the benefits of mulch somewhere in your yard or garden.

Make the Most of Lanscaping Rocks

Make the Most of Lanscaping Rocks

It’s never been a better time to add some landscaping rocks to your yard. From water savings to lower maintenance needs, landscaping rocks are a wise choice for many Utah yards. Natural stones and rocks are versatile products that allow your creativity to run free with how to apply them. Another benefit to rocks over products like wood bark chips is that they last a lifetime—no need to replace every few years. Here are a few fun ideas of ways to incorporate rocks in your design:

Park Strips

Utahns are quickly flipping their strips, and many are opting for full rock park strips. But you can add some greenery with some water-wise plants as well. Pair rocks with plants (for ideas, check out our previous blog) to create a beautiful park strip that is low maintenance and water wise.

Pool Surrounds

Create a beautiful vignette around your pool or hot tub with a blend of rocks, ornamental grasses, and colorful potted plants. Mixing the softness of flowers with the ruggedness of rocks and large, spikey grasses can create an oasis of texture and contrast that is visually stimulating and stunning.

Fairy Gardens

Kids or not, fairy gardens can be a fun project for any age. There are many options available to create a garden of any size—carve out a large nook in your yard for an extensive little fairy community or keep it contained and small in a designated planter. Use rocks to create little pathways throughout the fairy garden or to make mini fences and sitting areas.

Pathways

Smaller landscape rocks can be used to create a lovely walking path on your property. Install a plastic edging or border product to keep the rocks right where you want them and to create nice, clean lines along the pathway. This option is beautiful for your main pathway to the entrance of your home or to create little trails around your yard to your garden, a kids’ play area, the shed, or a quiet sitting area. You can also add some different colored stepping stones or flat rocks within the path for contrast.

Fire Pits

If you’ve got some extra room in your backyard, a firepit area can be a clever addition to your design. This summer, s’more it up with friends and family around a rock fire pit area. To maximize space and comfort, make it circular and big enough to put some large, Adirondack-style chairs around the fire. The rock will help prevent any fire hazards and will look rustic and attractive.

Container Gardens

If you love containers of flowers but don’t want to water them every morning, create a rockscape area within reach of your sprinkler system and place the containers among the rocks. Nestle the containers into the rock and make sure they have adequate drainage. Your plants will get watered with the sprinklers, so you’ll only need to supplement as necessary. Make sure you start these containers with the best soil options for your plants.

With our water restrictions this year, implementing rocks is a great way to keep your yard beautiful while still being water wise.