While most of the country is experiencing bitter cold and many are up to their eyeballs in snow, each year it seems that winter will last forever. But we know that’s not true and once the ice melts and the warm days of spring arrive it’s usually off to the races.
Spring break, vacations, home repairs, final leaf cleanup, and the dreaded spring cleaning usually take precedence over getting our landscape beds back in shape. Then the dreaded re mulching process starts. Here in our nursery when people ask “What is the best type of wood mulch” interpreted as “which one lasts longer” I tell them that “the only thing you will find in the bottom of a bag of wood mulch is a coupon to come back and get more.”
However, with a little pre-planning- spring landscape chores can be a lot easier.
No matter what type of mulch you use, do yourself a favor and pick up some pre-emergent weed seed killer. Once the weather breaks take an hour or so and get it down. Their are various types: some that last 30 days and some that lasts for a couple of months. If your landscape beds are exposed and your mulch is thin and you are not going to remulch for a while, use a longer lasting chemistry.
Pick up some glyphosate based weed killer and once the weather is in full spring, spray the weeds that are already growing to keep them from going to seed.
Choose a mulch and get those beds covered. Here in the nursery I sell multiple types of wood mulch and my opinion on the value of them is not too high.
Of course we sell Rubber Mulch (for over 15 years) and our customers love it. Not only do they love the rich vibrant colors but more than that they love the fact that this may be the last time they ever mulch again. Many of our customers moved to Florida for a low maintenance lifestyle and unfortunately growing grass is extremely challenging in our extreme climate.
Each year we see repeat rubber mulch customers who are tired of fighting the turf war and end up creating more low maintenance landscaping with our rubber mulch. Some even remove their entire lawn and simply install Everlast.