Got Mulch? Because spring is coming fast

Got Mulch? Because spring is coming fast

Everybody’s talking about mulching these days: Types of mulch, when to mulch, colors of mulch, what rhymes with mulch. It’s late winter and we’ve all been inside too long, but the time is near, my friends, the time for mulch.

As winter wanes, the ground begins to warm. It’s only natural. Dreams of spring dance in every seedling underfoot. While mulching too early can impede the warming, it’s not too early to make a game plan. It’s already staying light later and you’ll be able to enrich your soil in just weeks.

So, what is mulch anyway? Mulch is comprised of any number of things — leaves, straw, shredded bark, sawdust, woodchips, shredded newspaper, compost, animal manure or wool, just to name a few. And that’s just organic mulch. Permanent mulches made of shredded rubber tires or crushed rock are excellent alternatives if you find all that organic stuff is too popular with insects.

The ground is frozen, there’s slushy snow puddles in the yard and blooming flowers are the last thing on your mind. We hear you. But hear this: Applying mulch now will conserve your soil’s moisture, improve the fertility and health of the soil, reduce weed growth and enhance the visual appeal of your backyard kingdom.

Too early, you say? The Phillies are about to head north.

And if you have young trees, mulch is their best friend.

  • Mulch insulates the soil, helping to provide a buffer from extreme temperatures.
  • Mulch retains water and keeps roots moist.
  • Mulch keeps weeds out to help prevent root competition.
  • Mulch prevents soil compaction.
  • Mulch reduces lawn mower damage.

Now that you’re super excited to go a-mulchin’, hold your overalls a minute. A word of caution: Don’t go overboard. It’s a fine art applying that natural waste. While mulch controls and kills weeds, it can do the same to your desired plants, so go easy, fella. A 1- to 2-inch layer of fine mulch should be sufficient, while a coarser material should be 3 to 4 inches deep. Too much can suffocate your plants. Seedlings can work their way through a thin layer of mulch, but too deep a layer could be impenetrable. Let your plants get off to a good start first. You can always add more mulch next season.

Of course, in areas where you simply want to keep anything from growing — as barren as the dark side of the moon — lay it on as thick as you like, mate.

As always, the professionals at Wild Goose Landscaping are here to help this season. We’ve got mulch and we know what to do with it.

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Trim your trees and save the day!

Trim your trees and save the day!

We like trees. We hug them, lie under them and sometimes build tiny houses all up in them. We take wedding photos against them and our dogs love watering them. We all have a mutual interest in keeping trees and shrubs thriving, and while they don’t look so good now — all barren and leafless, naked and insecure — it’s the BEST TIME to take up trimmers and treat them right.

Trimming is vital to protecting your property.

  • It keeps loved ones safe from dead branches about to fall.
  • It encourages flowers and fruit production.
  • It triggers the tree to grow larger.
  • It helps prevent disease by allowing better airflow.
  • It shapes the tree and makes your whole yard look nicer.

Late winter is the best time to prune or trim, when trees and shrubs are dormant. Not only do their wounds heal faster, but there’s less risk of disease or pest infestation, less sap flowing and less foliage in your face so you can see what you’re doing.

Avoid pruning a young or newly planted tree, which needs as many leaves as possible to produce its food for good root growth. Remove only dead, broken or injured branches on the youngsters.

So what do you pruning off a tree?

  • Limbs that sag or grow close to the ground
  • Branches that form an acute angle with the trunk.
  • Limbs that are dead, diseased, or broken
  • Branches that grow too close to another
  • Branches that cross or rub against others
  • Limbs that compete with the tree’s central leader

Make trimming your property’s trees and shrubs an annual comingling with nature. Invite some friends, read some Thoreau and get cutting and clipping. After a couple years, you’ll see how your healthy backyard is through maximum foliage and flowering.

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This Valentine’s Day, give him what he really wants

This Valentine’s Day, give him what he really wants

Ladies, this Valentine’s Day, take his “honey-do” list and toss it away with that half-eaten box of chocolates. Let Wild Goose take care of the lawn this season. Just imagine, without having to mow, trim, rake and sweep every Sunday, he can play golf all day, spend time with the kids or take you to dinner!

Time is the most valuable commodity we own and with a Wild Goose Landscaping plan, you’re not just getting close with your bae on Feb. 14, but every weekend! Buy the one you love freedom.

If you purchase a full season from Wild Goose by Feb. 28, we’ll give you the first three for free! That’s 30 cuts for the price of 27!

Spend more time in the backyard getting close, not getting work done. Get that fire pit going. Hang that hammock between the ficus trees. Did someone say hot tub?! Imagine having the neighbors over for a cookout instead of disturbing them with your weed whacker.

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