Kane Landscapes

Mulching – Beware DIY Landscapers

This week, we have begun to clean and edge our customers’ landscape beds in preparation for Mulch Installation.  Mulch not only presents a clean appearance throughout your home’s landscape, but it is also very beneficial to your plants and soil. Here are a few good reasons to mulch apart from the apparent aesthetic value:

Some homeowners prefer the DIY approach to landscaping, however, improperly mulching your landscape beds can have serious negative impacts, especially when too much mulch is applies. The industry standard is to apply mulch to a depth 1 to 2 inches. Over-mulching, commonly referred to as “Mulch Volcanoes” (See Picture Below) can lead to many including:   
  • Excessive moisture
  • Excessive root rot
  •  Suffocation of plant roots
  •  Stem or trunk issues involving bacteria and fungus
  •  Creating habitat for insects and pests 

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