Mulching Trees and Shrubs Bowie MD
Upper Marlboro, MD
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Mulching Trees and Shrubs
Mulch helps minimize weeds, conserve moisture, moderate soil temperature, and make your yard look good. Mulched plants generally grow much better than similar, unmulched plants in the same garden. The two basic kinds of mulch are organic, such as shredded leaves and bark, and inorganic, such as gravel.
Tools and Materials
- Mulch material
Choose appropriate mulch. Organic mulch adds to the health of your soil, but attracts insects and may be flammable. These mulches decay at different rates, depending on the size and composition of the pieces and the climate. Large chunks of bark last the longest, while grass clippings and shredded leaves need frequent replacement. Inorganic stone or sand mulch is fireproof and suitable for arid and coastal landscapes, but may attract cats and ants.
Determine mulch area. The sizes of the plants and turning radius of your mower determine the size and shape of the mulch area. Calculate the area you need to cover in square feet, then use the mulch calculator to determine how much mulch you need. Mulch out to the drip line or edge of the widest branches, if possible. Group shrubs and trees into beds, instead of mulching around individual plants, to save mowing time and unify your landscape plantings.
Eliminate weeds and turf. Clear all the weeds and grass from the area you intend to cover to prevent them from growing up through the mulch. Pull weeds by hand or hoe them out. Remove lawn grass by slicing under it with a spade, being careful to dig only into the top 2 to 3 inches of soil. Shake the soil out of the turf before discarding it to maintain the soil depth around your trees and shrubs.
Spread mulch. Cover the cleared area with 2 to 4 inches of mulch. Rake the mulch into a flattened doughnut shape, keeping it at least 6 inches away from the trunk or stems of the plant. Make a neat outer edge by leaving a small gap between the mulch and the edge of the surrounding lawn.
Maintain mulch. Replace mulch as needed during the growing season to maintain the 2- to 4-inch depth. Rake up and replace organic mulch in the spring, especially around roses and fruit trees.
Lay landscape fabric under gravel mulch to help prevent weeds. Never use plastic mulch for trees or shrubs because it prevents water and air from reaching roots.
Preferred mulches include bark chunks, shredded and composted fir bark, and weed-free straw. Avoid weedy hay and water-repellant peat moss as well as toxic mulches made from pressure-treated lumber, eucalyptus, walnut, redwood, or cedar sawdust. Do not use mulch that smells like vinegar, ammonia, or sulfur.
Photography by Suzanne DeJohn/National Gardening Association
Suburban Maryland Fall Home Show - Upper Marlboro
Dates: 10/31/2014 – 11/2/2014
Show Place Arena Upper Marlboro
14900 Pennsylvania Ave.
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Guaranty Fund Workshop - Maryland Home Improvement Commission
Dates: 11/20/2014 – 11/20/2014
Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation - 2nd floor conference room. Baltimore
500 North Calvert Street
DLLR's Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing Guaranty Fund Workshop - Maryland Home Improvement Commission The Maryland Home Improvement Commission offers a workshop to inform homeowner and contractors about the Guaranty Fund process. The free workshops are held on the 3rd Thursday of every odd-numbered month (January, March, May, July, September and November) at 2:00 p.m. at 500 North Calvert Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21202, in the 2nd floor conference room. Please use the Centre Street entrance. If you plan to file a claim, or have already filed a claim and would like more information about the claim review process, or if you are a contractor against whom a claim has been filed, this workshop will provide valuable information to you. The workshop will help participants learn more about the Guaranty Fund and the claim process. Please note that we will not discuss specific claims during the workshop.Pre-registration is not required. For more information, please send an email to email@example.com or call 410-230-6309. Who: Homeowners and Contractors What: Free workshop to learn about the MHIC Guaranty Fund process. When: The 3rd Thursday of every other month - (odd months only)January 16, 2014March 20, 2014May 15, 2014July 17, 2014September 18, 2014November 20, 2014 What Time: 2:00 PM until 3:15 PM Where: 500 North Calvert StreetBaltimore, Maryland 21202(Please use the Centre Street entrance) Why: To learn about the Guaranty Fund process and what a homeowner and contractor can expect after a claim is filed against the Guaranty Fund. We will answer these and other questions: What is the Fund? Who is eligible for the Fund?How much can I recover? What costs are not covered?How long does the process take? What is a small claim?What if the contractor files bankruptcy? What can I expect at a hearing?