Mulching in Denver Metro
Moisture Retention – Erosion Protection
Mulch Services for Your Lawn
Mulch provides the dual benefit of moisture retention and erosion control and is a key component of almost every single new landscaping installation we perform.
Green Mountain Landscape and Sprinkler has over 30+ years of experience designing and installing new landscapes within Denver metro properties. Almost every landscaping design and installation we perform demands incorporation of mulch.
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Is Mulch the Same as Soil? Does it Need Water?
Not exactly. It’s not compost either. Mulch is great for retaining water. Mulch is typically comprised of shredded hardwood – often times cedar – and can last anywhere from one to three or more years. It looks best in landscaping beds and works well to prevent erosion on areas with extreme grades or slopes.
What Our Mulching Services Add to Your Landscape:
- Fertilization – Mulches break down over time and release their nutrients to the soil, and ultimately to surrounding plants and trees.
- Moisture Retention – Mulches are able to retain moisture fairly effectively, keeping the soil moist and benefiting surrounding plants and trees. This is essential in Colorado’s hot dry climate.
- Erosion Protection – Mulches can prevent erosion by absorbing water and also by acting as a barrier to flowing water.
- Reduced Maintenance Requirements – with mulch, you get excellent weed control. This means that your lawn care requirements are greatly reduced. The result is less time involved having to work on your property – and more time spent enjoying your home.
Landscape Materials: Mulch
When it comes to mulch there are many price and materials options.
- Bark Chips– Bark chips are made from a pulverized or chipped up type of tree bark. They often include spruce bark and pine bark in their ingredients list which make them more acidic than other types of mulches which can promote better growth in acidic plants like rhododendrons or azaleas. The other advantage of bark chips is that they can be mixed into the soil where they are needed to provide beneficial nutrients to plants and because they break down quickly.
- Shredded Hardwood– This mulch is high in calcium, magnesium, and potassium. These nutrients help strengthen weak plant stems. Shredded hardwood can also be used as a mulch in the compost pile to help with decomposition for plants. You will see that it works great around plants that have been affected by pests like aphids, spidermite, or powdery mildew. Hardwood mulches add cover for beneficial insects like lady beetles, which are predators for aphids and other harmful insects.
- Ground up Bark– Bark mulch is made from a pulverized form of cedar or pine bark. It has a very acidic pH level and is best used for acid loving plants.
- Peat Moss– Peat moss is harvested from bogs around the world. When it is harvested it does not get turned into mulch until it dries out completely which takes months. Peat moss has an acid/alkaline balance that may be good for plants that grow in certain microclimates but otherwise may make soil more acidic than normal unless there’s something to buffer the soil (such as lime).
- Straw – balances soil pH, adds nutrients, and is a natural weed suppressant. Start by fluffing up bales of straw with a pitchfork or garden fork so that they’re broken up into small pieces. Spread a layer of straw mulch about 3 inches thick over your garden soil. Water the straw several times to help it settle into the soil and help it decompose so you can plant on top of it. If using in vegetable gardens, wait 30-60 days before planting to allow time for mulch to break down and nourish the soil for your plants. Straw may take up to six months or longer in colder climates to fully break down.
Near You: Denver Metro Service Area
We service Denver and communities north and west of Denver. We’re located near central Arvada and commonly have clients from Denver, Arvada, Lakewood, Golden, Boulder, Thornton and Westminster (to name a few locations).
We generally install mulch (and sometimes rock) in beds and berms on your lawn as part of our overall landscape services offerings. If you’re interested in how mulch can be an excellent addition to beautify your home as well as reduce your overall maintenance requirements, call us now to get a quote – or contact us.
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