A professional lawn care company like Landworks knows that edging and mulching gives your landscaping a clean look that highlights your plants and flowers as well as serving several practical purposes.
Define Landscaping With Edging
Landscape edging can define a shrub bed, a flower border, a single tree, or the transition from a patio to the surrounding garden. Practically speaking, landscape edging helps to keep grass and weeds from creeping into garden beds. It also prevents soil or mulch in garden beds from washing onto the lawn when it rains. Landscape edging also keeps pathways made of loose material such as gravel or mulch contained.
Depending on your functional and aesthetic reasons for edging, options include everything from a simple trench to high-end paving stones.
- Brick: Durable and elegant, brick comes in a vast array of styles and gives a uniform look.
- Plastic: Plastic edging is easy to install and comes in many grades to suit every budget.
- Concrete: Preformed sections of concrete landscape edging that are ready to be set in place can be purchased, or a simple form can be cast to create a custom edge.
- Wood: Wood is affordable and easy to work within straight lines. It adds an organic, informal look. Wood edging should last about 10 years.
- Stone: Landscape edging stone is very versatile. It can be placed casually for a relaxed appearance or set in mortar for a more refined look.
Beautify And Protect With Mulch From Landworks Lawn Care Company
By eliminating exposed soil, mulch makes it hard for unwanted weed seeds to take root. It also blocks the intense sun, cooling the soil and making it more hospitable for your plants. Mulch soaks up and holds moisture, allowing it to be absorbed into the soil rather than drying up or being lost as runoff.
To get all of these benefits, a professional lawn care company knows proper application is crucial. The total mulch depth should be no more than 4”. Keep mulch 1” away from stems and crowns, and 6-12” away from shrub and tree trunks to avoid rotting.
Organic mulches consist of materials that decompose over time, like hardwood and softwood chips, bark, evergreen needles, leaves, grass clippings, compost mixes, newspaper and cardboard. These materials can improve soil fertility, aeration, structure, and drainage as they decompose. Organic mulches must be replenished on a regular basis, but a good lawn care company usually prefers them for the soil enhancement.
Inorganic mulch does not decompose and therefore does not need to be replenished often. These materials include rock, stone, lava rock, crusher dust, pulverized rubber, landscape fabrics, and other man-made materials. Inorganic mulches are ideal for decorative use and controlling weeds.
Landworks is an experienced professional lawn care company, providing both residential and commercial landscaping services throughout the Kansas City area. For more information, call (913) 422-9300, or click here to request a quote.