Having Urban Eden Landscaping deliver and install bark dust is easy. After we have brought your landscape back to its full potential we can bring in the bark dust or mulch of your choice in order to help keep your property looking great. There are several benefits to adding bark dust or any mulch to your yard including weed prevention, plant protection, erosion control, and simply to make your home or business more aesthetically pleasing.
Bark Dusting & Mulching for Weed Prevention
A good layer of mulch including bark dust, compost, rock, or bark chips is a great way to keep the weeds out. After our crews have cleaned out all of your flower beds of those pesky weeds they’ll also gladly bring in the proper amount of mulch to keep any weed seeds from coming back.
Bark Dusting & Mulching for Plant Protection
Spreading mulch around the plants in a landscape is a perfect way to protect the roots from the elements. During the warmer months the bark dust will keep the soil moist longer. Not only is this a great method to keep your plants from withering away but it also conserves water. In the cooler months of the year the bark dust will keep the underlying soil warmer, therefore keeping the roots of your prized plants protected from the cold.
Bark Dusting & Mulching for Erosion Control
Bark Dust is ideal for the protection of your soils surface and for erosion. Creating a layer of mulch on your soil protects the topsoil from being washed away and beaten by the harsh rains. Bark dust can be spread on hillsides to prevent washouts, rock fall, and landslides. Urban Eden Landscaping will make it easy to protect your soils by doing all the hard labor. In the end, the results will not only look great but will benefit the earth underneath your landscape significantly.
Mulch Weed Control – Tips On Getting Rid Of Weed Growth In Mulch
Weed control is one of the primary reasons for applying mulch, yet pesky weeds may persist, even through a carefully applied layer of bark chips or pine needles. This happens when weed seeds are buried in the soil or are distributed by birds or wind. What should you do if you’ve got weeds coming up in mulch in spite of your best intentions? Keep reading for a few helpful tips.
Getting Rid of Weed Growth in Mulch
Manual Mulch Weed Control
Mulch acts as physical barrier against weeds, but it must block sunlight in order to be effective. If you notice weeds coming up in mulch, you may need to thicken the layer as blocking light generally requires at least 2 to 3 inches (5-7.6 cm.). Replenish mulch as it decomposes or blows away.
How to Kill Weeds in Mulch with Herbicides
Other than hand-pulling, mulch is probably the single most important means of weed control. However, mulch works best when used as part of a multi-pronged approach along with pre-emergent herbicides.
When used correctly before weeds sprout in early spring, pre-emergent herbicides are one effective way to prevent weeds coming up in mulch. They won’t, however, do anything for weeds that have already sprouted.
To stop weeds in mulch with pre-emergent herbicides, begin by raking mulch off to the side, then hoe or pull any existing weeds. Apply the product, following manufacturer directions to the letter. Pay attention to the label, as some plants don’t tolerate certain types of pre-emergent herbicides.
Replace the mulch carefully, being careful not to disturb the just treated soil. At this point, you can provide extra protection by applying another layer of herbicide over the mulch. A liquid herbicide works best because it adheres to the mulch instead of falling through to the soil.
A Note about Glyphosate: You can use glyphosate to stop weeds in mulch, but this approach requires extreme care because glyphosate, a broad-spectrum herbicide, will kill any broad-leaved plant it touches, including your favorite perennials or shrubs. Apply glyphosate directly to weeds, using a paintbrush. Be extremely careful not to touch nearby plants. You can also protect plants by covering them with a cardboard box while you’re applying the herbicide. Don’t remove the box until the treated weeds have time to dry completely.
Preventing Weeds with Landscape Fabric
If you haven’t applied mulch yet, landscape fabric or weed barrier cloth is a safe way to block weeds while still allowing water to pass through to the soil. Unfortunately, landscape fabric isn’t a perfect solution because some determined weeds will push through the fabric, and those weeds will be extremely difficult to pull.
Sometimes, good old hand-pulling is still the most effective way of getting rid of weed growth in mulch.
Note: Chemical control should only be used as a last resort, as organic approaches are safer and much more environmentally friendly.