Spring Preparation & Mulching

Residential landscape management Arlington, VA

In late winter or early spring we perform general spring clean-up for turf and bed areas, which includes cutting back the appropriate perennials. Once clean-up is complete, all beds and tree rings are neatly edged, hand-weeded and treated with a pre-emergent prior to installing fresh mulch. The pre-emergent assists to stop the growth of new weed seeds.

Beds that were mulched in previous years will be mulched with double-shredded hardwood mulch to a total depth of 2” each spring. Certain tree species, such as Pine, will not be spade edged or mulched unless either requested or done previously as their own pine needles often serve as the best mulch. Our top priority is to ensure your plantings are cared for using the best techniques in order to help them thrive and look their best.

As an important landscape practice, Professional Grounds does not over-mulch or create mulch volcanoes. Doing so can create a negative effect on your plantings. Occasionally, we encounter landscapes where excessive mulch has been applied and partial removal is encouraged for the detriment of the plants ongoing health. Should the removal of excessive mulch be required, we are happy to make suggestions and remedy the issue.

We use both traditional double-shredded hardwood mulch and brown dyed mulch. The type of mulch used is based on your preference. Brown Dyed mulch is infused with a non-toxic brown pigment (stain) which keeps a more dark, fresh appearance than traditional double shredded hardwood mulch. If preferred, Brown Dyed mulching options can be provided.

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