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With the warming temperatures finally arriving and most of the snow melted we have been busy with spring landscape cleanups which include yard debris removal (sticks, down trees and tree limbs from this past winter. Last week we were working on several properties which still had snow piled up on their shaded side and we could not remove all of the white pine tree limbs down from the winter snow storms. Just for the record, try not to use white pine trees or birch trees in your landscape. They constantly drop limbs and sticks and you always need to pickup around them. In fact, try not to plant any tree that will grow taller than 20′ around or near your house structure. Trees which grow taller than 20′ should be planted far away from your house structure. The root systems on trees are usually three times the size of the tree canopy.
What’s included in spring landscape cleanup? Every customer is different. We remove the fallen sticks, tree limbs, trees, leaves, prune shrubs and smaller trees, install Preen (weed preventer) in the landscape beds, apply hardwood mulch, edge gardens, remove dead shrubs and install new ones, plant seasonal flowers, apply weed and feed to your lawn, fertilize the shrubs or just about anything else with your lawn or landscape. In short, your property is all ready for the spring growing season when were finished. If your need a spring cleanup or yard debris removed give Ingram Lawn & Garden a call. Our shop is located in the center of Flourtown, Pa. and we service Flourtown, Ambler, Blue Bell, North Wales, Lansdale, Warminster, Horsham, Willow Grove, Hatboro, Chestnut Hill, Glenside, Dresher, Ft. Washington, Maple Glen, Gwynedd, Plymouth Meeting, Lafayette Hill, Wyndmoor, Wyncote, Warrington, Spring House, Oreland, Abington and a variety of other surrounding towns.
Often times when you look at mulch around trees and shrubs you will see large mounds of mulch applied around the base of plants. This is not good for any plant as it will cause the bark to moisten and soften which allows for insects, rodents and diseases to invade. A proper layer of 1.5″-2.0″ of organic mulch allows moisture retention, suppresses weeds and adds organic matter to the soil when it breaks down. Too thick of a layer of hardwood mulch applied year after year and it will raise the manganese levels too high and reduce the proper levels of iron plants need to stay healthy. There are simple steps to apply mulch. First, clean out the landscape beds of the winter fallen leaves and early spring weeds. Next, edge the beds and apply a weed pre-emergent like Preen. You can also at this time apply plant fertilizers. Then apply a 1.5″ – 2.0″ layer of organic mulch. It’s important the mulch not be applied to think around the base of every plant. If all goes well you can repeat the process every 2-3 years with another thin layer of mulch. Another quick note, many plants and trees have exposed surface roots. This is the plants natural growth development searching for air and water. Covering all the surface roots with a thick layer of mulch will essentially suffocate the plant. If you’re looking for help mulching your landscape beds call Ingram Lawn & Garden.