Sometimes we can spend more time working in our yards and not enough time enjoying it. Weeding and watering can prove a drain, not only on our physical energy but on our wallets as well. Let's explore an easier way to maintain our landscapes.
It's a cinch to handle garden and landscape feature installation during spring with moderate temperatures and relatively steady rainfall. However, when the temperature rises and rainfall is at a premium, things get a bit trickier.
A couple of great options to remedy your landscape troubles are drip irrigation and mulch. A drip-irrigation system is composed of a perforated tube that discharges water drops into the soil or mulch surrounding the plant. A sprinkler, on the other hand, can waste water by clumsily watering paved areas and sidewalks. Drip-irrigation systems will cost you about $50 a kit; it consists of a back-flow preventer valve with a pressure regulator that attached to an exterior faucet. The drip tube is then attached and laid around the plants.
Many people like to spread mulch because of its appearance. But beyond the aesthetic value, mulch reduces evaporation for the sun and wind and maximizes water for drip-irrigation. Mulch also deflects heat from soil which preserves plant health. This element helps to reduce your workload in two other ways; (1) it inhibits wed growth and (2) can provide protection against damage for plants when using a string trimmer.
Keep in mind that mulch is needed the least in spring, because the soil is still cool and moist. Because of the great amount of stress placed on plants in the summer, mulch proves its benefits protecting against heat and humidity. Mulch never needs to be piled more than 2 to 4 inches as over-mulching can be detrimental to plants.
Mulch is found in organic and inorganic types. Pine bark and wood chips are of the organic variety that gives off nutrients into the soil as it breaks down. During this decomposition, the mulch improves the soil structure and its ability to hold moisture.
Gravel and crushed stone are inorganic types that also work well at keeping moisture with little need for replacement. Spring cleaning is necessary, however, when leaves and twigs collect on it. Weed removal is often difficult and steer clear of dark colored stones which retain heat that can damage plants.
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