Category Archives: Gardening

Don’t Make These Mulching Mistakes in Your Garden

Spreading MulchWith springtime in full swing, you may be preparing to freshen up your flowerbeds with new plantings and a healthy layer of mulch. In addition to giving your garden a neat, finished appearance, mulch also offers important practical benefits, preventing weed growth and helping the soil retain moisture.

If you’re not careful with your mulching technique, however, you may not receive all these benefits in your garden. Today we’ll address a few common mulching mistakes to avoid this year.

Using too Much Mulch

When mulching flowerbeds, try to spread an even layer of mulch that’s about 2-3 inches thick. Using too much mulch can put unnecessary stress on your plants’ root systems and even suffocate them in some cases. Mulch is an important component of a healthy garden, but you can have too much of a good thing.

Creating Mulch Volcanoes

Mulch is good for trees, too, but not when it’s piled in dense cones around their trunks. These are called mulch volcanoes, and they can do more harm than good. Instead of piling mulch up against a tree’s trunk, spread it out around the tree to create a wide, low basin. This will promote healthy water retention in the tree’s roots and prevent fungal growth and decay on the trunk.

Using Free Mulch

This time of year, you may see landfills and waste departments offering cheap or even free mulch, but these deals are rarely as good as they seem. Free mulch from an unreputable source may contain pesticides, weed seeds or insects that can damage your plantings. Instead of going for the cheapest option, choose quality mulch such as a shredded hardwood bark from your local garden supply store.

Neglecting to Mulch at All

At some point, you may start to wonder if you can get away without mulching your garden this year. While you can technically plant a garden with out mulch, it will be far more prone to weed growth, erosion and sediment runoff. Plus, a fresh layer of mulch will help fertilize the soil when it starts to break down at the end of the growing season. This way, your flowerbeds will remain healthy and ready to plant again next year.

Need a hand in your lawn and garden this season? The team at Brother Tree would be happy to help. Just give us call or contact us online today to get started!

How to Help Trees and Shrubs Recover From Winter Damage

How to Help Trees and Shrubs Recover From Winter Damage

At this point in the season, you may be concerned about the effect all this harsh winter weather is having on your landscaping. The good news is, healthy trees and shrubs are pretty resilient, so you shouldn’t have to worry too much about most of the plantings on your property. If you’re still worried about… Continue Reading

Ways to Recycle Autumn Leaves

Ways to Recycle Autumn Leaves

Many horticulturists argue that recycling your autumn leaves as opposed to simply disposing of them is not only healthier for your lawn, but better for the environment. That’s why we put together a few suggestions on how to properly recycle your autumn leaves. Composting Fallen leaves are gold mines for nutrients, and composting is one… Continue Reading

The Benefits of Picking New Flowers Each Year for Your Garden

The Benefits of Picking New Flowers Each Year for Your Garden

Gardening in the spring and summer can be some of the most enjoyable times if you like taking the time to work on your yard. Picking different flowers each year can help you mix up your garden and the look of your property. It will diverse your flower pallet for the better. How to Choose… Continue Reading

Keep These Tree Pruning Tips in Mind This Summer

Do the trees in your yard need some TLC? It’s typically a good idea to do most of your heavy pruning just prior to winter, but you can do some light pruning in the summer to keep your trees looking their best as well. This time of year, you just need to be careful about… Continue Reading

Tips for Transplanting Mature Trees

Tips for Transplanting Mature Trees

Transplanting shrubs and ornamental plants is fairly common, but sometimes it is desirable to transplant a mature tree as well. There are many reasons why a property owner may wish to move a mature tree, including new additions to a building, aesthetics, or because a tree is not thriving in the location where it was… Continue Reading

Landscaping During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Landscaping During the Coronavirus Pandemic

It’s finally spring, which means its lawn and landscaping season. Maintaining your yard during this time can be tough because many people are staying indoors and keeping themselves healthy with the Coronavirus Pandemic devastating the world. Many people are working from home, taking care of their kids, and practicing social distancing.  If you don’t have… Continue Reading