Mulching Green Dreams Landscaping Blog Moore County NCMulching around plants and trees, edging around beds, and pruning are a few easy ways to keep your yard looking tidy and neat and also to improve the health of your plants.

Mulch. Adding mulch, approximately 3 inches deep, around trees, shrubs and plants not only makes it look nice, but it also:

  • Helps the soil and roots stay moist.
  • Keeps out weeds.
  • Reduces lawn mower damage.
  • Helps insulate the roots from heat and cold.

Edge Planting Beds. Create new edges around plant beds or clean up the edges you already have to make your beds stand out.

  • Mark the edge of your bed. Either use spray paint or a garden hose to lay out the edges of your bed.
  • Dig the edge. Use a sharp spade or trowel to dig along the edge of the marked area. Loosen the dirt and pull up the grass and sod.
  • Clean edges. Use an edging tool to keep the bed edge neat.

Prune. Proper pruning practices minimize disease, remove unsightly dead material, control growth, rejuvenate plants, and help plants develop thicker foliage and more flowers. There are two basic types of pruning: thinning cuts and heading cuts. Thinning cuts remove branches from their origin to allow for better airflow and to produce a more open branch structure. Heading cuts removes shoots or branches back to stubs. Plants respond by vigorous new growth in the area below the cuts.

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Here are a few tips to help with proper pruning:

  • Select the right plant for the right area in the first place and you won’t have to over prune to control their size.
  • Research each plant to understand when it should be pruned, or ask your landscape professional.
  • Proper pruning looks natural and conforms with a tree or shrub’s natural shape.
  • You can generally always prune dead or injured limbs or stems.
  • Different plants and trees should be pruned at different times of the year. It is generally best not to prune in the fall or early winter. Many plants do well if they are pruned in the late winter. Generally, you don’t want to prune while a plant is flowering. Wait until after it has flowered. Don’t prune more than you need to because every time you cut the bark, you open the possibility for disease and pests to enter.
  • Make sure you are pruning with clean sharp tools; dull blades will tear and crush plant tissue. Clean pruning tools with alcohol between uses to cut down on the spread of disease.

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