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3 Reasons Your Landscape Beds Need Mulch

3 Reasons Your Landscape Beds Need Mulch

Installing landscape beds is a big investment and helps to increase curb appeal at your home or business. But with that installation comes the need to protect your investment. 

One of the easiest and most efficient ways to protect your landscaping is by adding in mulch or rock ground cover. Your landscape beds can benefit from mulch in many ways, and here are three reasons your landscaping in Midland, MI needs mulch or rock ground cover.

1. Mulch & Rock Help to Prevent Soil Erosion

This landscaping bed in Freeland uses rock ground cover for protection.

In our area of Michigan, we receive around 32 inches of rain per year and about 40 inches of snow. When the rain runs off and snow melts away, it takes your soil with it. In landscape beds, this is a particular concern especially when you have spent money to get the soil fertilized and treated for weeds. 

By installing mulch or rock, the soil in your landscaping can be protected from this erosion. Mulch helps to ensure that the soil stays in place, preventing it from eroding away during wet weather.

2. Mulch Keeps Soil Insulated & Retains Moisture with Proper Placement

When temperatures fluctuate, it can negatively affect the health of your plants. A good step to keep this from happening is to make sure your soil is insulated from these temperature changes. In Midland, we see temperatures reach down into the negatives in the winter and climb to the mid-80s in summer. 

Mulching is a good way to protect your soil from being...

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Why It's Crucial to Trim Plants

Why It's Crucial to Trim Plants

Many tasks are necessary to keep your landscaping plants looking healthy and happy, including proper fertilization, weed control, mulching, and more.

One of those tasks is keeping the plants trimmed. This helps to keep plants having a polished appearance all year long. In the Midland area of Michigan, it’s recommended to have plants trimmed at least 2-3 times per year.

Here are some reasons why it’s crucial to make sure plants are trimmed properly and frequently at your residential or commercial property.

Trimming Allows for Inspection of Plant Branches & Leaves for Any Health Issues

These plants in Freeland have just been trimmed.

Plants are susceptible to diseases and insect infestation and the best way to prevent them is by being proactive. When plants are trimmed, it gives us at Tri-City Property Maintenance a chance to examine them for any signs of common fungal diseases or insect invasions. Catching these early means it’s easier to get rid of it and stop it from spreading to other plants in your landscaping beds.

Insects can rapidly invade a plant and destroy its appearance. Common insects that can kill off plants include types of borers and beetles.

Some diseases can kill your plants quickly, so we recommend regularly inspecting plants for any wilting or spots on leaves.

Regular Trimming Helps Increase the Overall Plant Health & Appearance

Trimming landscape plants also allows our team to remove any dead, diseased, or dying branches that can be negatively affecting...

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Why Your Lawn Requires Routine Mowing

Why Your Lawn Requires Routine Mowing

Most of us have spent a Saturday afternoon drenched in sweat, with a nose full of dust, pushing or riding a mower across the lawn. There’s something very satisfying about a great looking yard, but looks are not the only reason why your lawn in Midland, MI needs routine mowing.

Regular mowing serves many purposes, including tidy looks, maintaining grass health, eliminating pests, and clearing debris.

Routine mowing provides a tidy, orderly look.

A lawn with mowing stripes in Saginaw, MI.

The most obvious benefit of routine mowing is a tidy looking yard. Even the most pristine homes will look unkempt if the grass is overgrown. A proper mowing job cuts every blade to the same length, creating a blanket-like appearance of thick, green grass. After a proper mow, the grass will be easier to walk on and more fun for children at play.

Mowing helps maintain healthy grass.

If you’ve ever seen a neglected field with tall grass, you know how random the growth becomes. Weeds take root and begin to dominate with the result being an uneven, tangled mess.

Without regular mowing, it’s impossible to maintain healthy, green grass. Professional crews know to follow the 1/3 rule, which states that grass should only be cut short enough to leave at least 1/3 of the blade intact. It’s important to leave enough surface area for photosynthesis to take place or the grass will suffer.

With all blades cut to a reasonable height, nutrients are more evenly distributed throughout ...

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