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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Put your property on a no-salt diet

Put your property on a no-salt diet

Watch your salt! We’ve been hearing that advice forever, but it goes for your emotional state-of-mind too when the snow and ice take over.

As much fun as it is slogging around 50-pound bags of the stuff, and scooping and spreading it out like Johnny Frozenseed, ice melt salt isn’t reusable and it gets expensive fast.

And, oh yeah, it’s killing your sidewalk and driveway. It’s not part of the rock salt company sales pitch, but the same properties that burn through ice and snow can erode and chip away at your concrete. If your concrete is less than a year old it hasn’t even fully hardened yet. The same goes for wooded decks or pathways made mostly of wood byproduct, the ice melt salt can harm the integrity of the natural grain.

Try this all-natural way to break up ice on your sidewalks and driveway instead, and shake the salt habit forever!

  1. Fill a bucket or pail with hot water
  2. Add some dish soap
  3. Add a cup or more of rubbing alcohol
  4. Swirl the contents around to mix
  5. Pour over frozen surfaces
  6. Watch the bubbling, all-natural, feel-good melt show

The mixture is also safe for your car windows. Put some in a spray bottle and have at them.

Wild Goose cares about your whole property, not just your lawn and natural greenscape. This is where you live, where we live, and we want to keep it beautiful.

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Keeping it green in 2019

Keeping it green in 2019

You miss us. We miss you. But until we meet again in 2019, there’s plenty you can do to keep your lawn healthy and happy through the long, cold winter. Because, baby, it’s cold outside. Remember all the good times you had together this past year? You don’t want to ignore your outdoor environment while you’re sipping eggnog and waiting for that certain someone to step under the mistletoe.

Until we meet again, my friends.

Open up and say ‘aaah’

Before frost becomes a daily deal, get out there an aerate your lawn. Opening up the ground allows your green carpet to breath a little easier, before the winter season compacts the turf too much.

Once you’ve aerated, it’s a great time to fertilize with essential nutrients before your lawn braces for the cold months ahead. The roots will store the fertilizer until spring, when it will bound back to life, green and healthy. Fertilizing will also protect against weeds and pests when the weather begins to warm.

Less is more

If you haven’t scheduled a fall cleanup yet, those piles of leaves could be suffocating your lawn in plain sight. Get your rakes ready or call Wild Goose Landscaping, because those fallen tree soldiers block the sunlight and invite diseases that could plague your lawn throughout the spring. You may also want to store the lawn furniture, relocate the plaster gnome and move those logs scattered around the outside fire pit. Clear your lawn and let it breathe.

Watch your step

Even the sturdiest of grass blades weaken when they’re walked on over and over. If you’re wearing a path across your lawn during the wintertime, when frost is recurring, it will take a toll. Try to stagger your steps and take the long, scenic route around your property. Your lawn will thank you for it.

Make a plan, man

Spring is just around the frozen corner. It’s never too early to plan for the new year and the memories you’ll be making come springtime. Make a resolution to have the best lawn on the block! Call Wild Goose today and book your lawn treatment for 2019.

Joy and peace of mind this season … imagine that! Your lawn will feel special after all!

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