Protect Gardens In Winter By Mulching

Winter is just around the corner and its important to protect your garden from the most unbearable conditions. You want to do all you can to prepare and offer protection for when that time arrives. How do you protect gardens from the snow and ice? The answer is easy, mulching. In preparation for winter this practice is an excellent way to protect your plants during this cold period.

Mulching Helps Plants To Stay Warm In Cold Conditions

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A responsible gardener would ensure that they mulch their plants as a preventative maintenance measure. Generally mulching plants in extremely cold conditions helps to provide an effective type of insulation that prevents them from freezing and thawing rapidly. It also serves to prevent plants from becoming shallow-rooted plants and bulbs caused when plants are lifting out of the soil which can damage delicate grafts.

If you experience brutal winters or nighttime temperatures below  20 F. (-8 C.) mulching plants in your garden may be the smartest decision.

Effective Winter Mulching Tips

Mulching is a great way to keep your plants active throughout the winter season and prevents them from becoming dormant.  For instance if active plants that aren’t mulched decide to put out new growth at this time there’s a possibility that plant tissues can become damaged by nighttime frost.  This can create entry points for many dangerous fungal and bacterial pathogens that are capable of causing serious harm to plants. In a nutshell mulching provides adequate protection to plants ensuring they bloom free of pests.

Gardeners can make use of a variety of organic materials suitable for winter protection including hardwood bark, straw, chopped corn cobs, grass clippings and pine needles. Nevertheless be sure to keep mulch at least one inch away from crowns and stems when making applications to prevent choking, damage or rot.

Gardeners should also take care to remember that organic mulches carry a low nitrogen content therefore before laying mulch you should first fertilize soil with a high-nitrogen product such as blood meal or fish meal to increase nitrogen levels in the soil.

Need Help With Winter Mulching? Dk Landscaping Inc. Is Here To Help

If you don’t know what to do or need help with your winter mulching don’t hesitate to give us a call at DK Landscaping Inc. at: (707) 280-3632 we’d be happy to come and give you a hand.

Here at DK Landscaping we strive to offer the highest quality landscaping and gardening services in Northern California.. Give us a call today or you can contact us online for more information on how you can take better care of your garden.

                

Tips to Get Gardens Ready for Winter

With the year slowly coming to an end and winter quickly approaching the outdoors can turn into a dull and inhospitable place forcing most people to remain indoors however, for garden and landscape enthusiast alike this time of year is the ideal time to prep gardens, lawns and surrounding landscapes for the upcoming growing season.

Keep Gardens in Shape During Winter

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In the fall or just before winter most trees lose their foliage however at this time maintenance practices like pruning or trimming are encouraged during the latter months of the year as during this time of dormancy the majority of hedges, shrubs and trees can be pruned or trimmed without causing damage to the plant or tree.

This practice not only eliminates dead cumbersome branches from trees and plants but it also helps to improve their growth and shape while maintaining the general health of gardens.

As for the multitude of leaves that constantly fall and cover gardens at this time of year making it a practice to regularly clean gardens is extremely important as it allows garden beds and lawns to receive adequate sunlight which helps to promote optimal growth and health.

Another very important factor that gardeners should consider when preparing gardens for winter is the protection of plants from potential damage or destruction. Given the extreme conditions that come along with winter one clever tip that has proven to be an effective approach for protecting gardens during this extreme period is mulching.  

Mainly used to help soil to retain moisture, regulate soil temperature and suppress weed growth mulching is also a great way to shield and protect plants against the hostile conditions of winter. Planting beds should be mulched at a depth of 1.5 – 2 inches to ensure plant roots remain the right temperature as well as to offer the right amount of protection from any potential damage.

Contract a Professional Landscaping Service 

Not everyone may have the equipment to carry out trimming and pruning effectively and as for large, dead, trees and decayed branches hanging around gardens it’s best to contract trained professionals to manage tasks such as these since decayed trees and branches can pose serious threats of injury. Therefore contracting a professional landscaping service to manage tasks that might require equipment and trained personnel is the safest option.

Need Help with Preparing Your Garden for Winter? 

Here at DK Landscaping Inc. we understand how tedious it can be to manage gardens on your own however we like to say that “We like Jungles” and we’d be happy to come in and assist you with all your garden preparations for winter.

We aim to provide the highest quality landscaping and gardening services to all clients. Our services are very affordable and we work with clients to manage any type of surroundings. Give us a call at: 707 217-6508 or visit our website: dklandscaping.com for more information.

 

How Mulching Can Benefit Your Garden

In seeking to maintain or improve the growth and health of trees, plants and flowers in gardens there are several practical, techniques that gardeners can apply. One approach that has proven to be very effective in helping to promote the health of gardens is mulching.

Mulching can be used for Multiple Purposes

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Mulching refers to the practice of applying a layer of material to the surface of soil. Mainly it is used to improve soil health and fertility, retain soil moisture and reduce weed growth. Mulching can be utilized in several different, areas including vegetable gardens, flower beds and surrounding landscapes. It is so effective that it allows gardeners to spend less time plucking up weeds, watering gardens and fighting pests.

Apart from its main uses mulch can also be used to lend additional support to plants by helping to stabilize them as well as help to enhance the visual appeal of gardens.

Types of Mulch Gardeners can Utilize when Mulching

When mulching gardens there are two basic kinds of mulch that gardeners can use these are organic or inorganic mulches. Generally organic mulches consist of numerous materials including straw, grass clippings, chopped leaves, shredded bark, wood chips and sawdust and inorganic mulches are mainly comprised of gravel, stones, geotextiles and black plastic.

Nevertheless both types of mulch can be used to deter weed growth and improve soil quality however with organic mulches soil is improved gradually as the organic material decomposes while inorganic mulches don’t.

Important Tips to Consider

If mulching to combat weeds there are a few things that people should keep in mind if it is to be done properly and effectively. Firstly it is recommended that mulch be laid down over soil that has already been weeded and secondly it should be laid down thick enough to discourage the reappearance of new weeds.

Considering this the thickness of mulch placed over soil should range around 4- 6 inches though a 2- 3 inch layer normally suffices in areas that have more shade and weed growth is not as prevalent.

Another very essential tip gardeners can utilize when mulching is the addition of nitrogen products to soil. Products like blood meal or fish meal can be used and should be applied before the mulch is laid as organic mulches usually have a low nitrogen content and this can help to increase nitrogen levels in soil so that plants get the desired nutrients.

Nevertheless one of the most important things that gardeners should take care to remember when mulching is how they place the mulch. When laying down mulch it should be kept no less than an inch away from crowns and stems of plants. This is mainly because wet mulch resting against the stems of flowers and vegetables can cause rot. Therefore it would be wise to ensure that mulch is placed at the appropriate distance to prevent this from happening.

Need Help with Mulching Your Garden? 

If you don’t know what to do or need help mulching a large garden area don’t hesitate to give us a call at DK Landscaping Inc. at: (707) 280-3632 we’d be happy to come and give you a hand.

Our services are prompt and professional and our prices affordable. Here at DK Landscaping we strive to offer the highest quality landscaping services to clients so give us a call today or you can check out our website: dklandscaping.com to have a look at the services we offer.

 

Improving the Landscape of Narrow Walkways

LandscapeAre you a garden enthusiast who is always looking for ways to enhance your surroundings? Well if you are they’re quite a few simple things you can do to uplift and make a few improvements. Let’s take for instance landscapes that have narrow walkways within their perimeter.

Gardens or outdoor landscapes are set up in such a way that there are certain areas designated for the location of plants, trees and blooms as well as other areas that facilitate the movement  of traffic throughout the surroundings known as paths or walkways.

Narrow Walkways can Pose Certain Issues in Landscapes

The main purpose of having walkways throughout gardens is to provide a specified area for persons to travel without causing damage to lawns or blooms. Nevertheless over time some people have used walkways to decorate or add additional character to their outdoor surroundings.

In most landscapes the size of trees or the number of plants increase after a while which can eventually result in smaller more narrow walkways. This can decrease walking space in gardens which can eventually lead to the damage of trees, lawns, plants or flowers.

Over time walkways could incur certain damage causing them get narrow. Some can be a result of the outdoor elements mainly rain or snow or others could be a result of physical or structural damage. Nevertheless regardless of how damaged is sustained its obvious that repair will be necessary to restore walkways to what they should be.

Perhaps a bit of mortar could be used to reconstruct damaged areas or you may have to redesign the entire walkway depending on the extent of the damage but be sure to cover garden beds with tarpaulin to protect the plants you intend to keep.

Increased plant growth is also a very common circumstance that can cause narrow walkways to develop. As we are all aware plants compete for space and grow continually in ideal conditions which can sometimes present certain issues if they’re not properly maintained.

In cases like this plant overgrowth tends to invade areas designated for walking resulting in narrow walkways. Projecting tree branches, overgrown lawns, weeds etc. can all affect the  space available to walk so by utilizing pruning and other maintenance techniques gardeners can control plant growth in gardens to maintain adequate space and eliminate narrow walkways.

Plants That Boost Appearance

For people residing in urban areas the best plants to use are low-growing perennials. Besides their beautiful shades most of them die in the winter or can be cut to the ground. Making it easy for gardeners during winter and the upcoming growing season.  

The Lysimachia nummularia  species possesses a delicate looking foliage that covers ground quickly and softens the edges of a path and using slightly taller plants in landscapes would also prove sensible as they won’t bend into the path creating narrow walkways. In addition to this they will add a contrasting feature to the surroundings.

Need Help With A Narrow Walkway? DK Landscaping Inc. Us Here To Help!

Here at DK Landscaping Inc. we specialize in all your landscaping needs and aim to provide the highest quality services to clients at an affordable price. If you may need assistance repairing, restoring or improving a narrow walkway we’d be happy to come in and give you a hand. Give us a call at 707 217-6508 or contact us via our website.

 

Effective Gardening Tips Part 2 – Which Type of Irrigation is Best

IrrigationIf you are a gardener, farmer or even a landscaper you understand the necessity of supplying your plants, gardens or crops with adequate water. Normally most gardeners use hoses or watering cans to water gardens but this is not always as effective because sometimes enough water might not penetrate the soil.  In addition it might not be sufficient to supply what plants really require. An effective way to tackle issues such as this is to install an irrigation system which will properly supply gardens or crops with an adequate and timely supply of water.

Different Types 

The basic concept of an irrigation system mainly entails water being obtained from a source and distributed in specific amounts equally and uniformly to each plant or crop. Different kinds used include high or micro flow irrigation, sub-irrigation, in-ground irrigation, localized irrigation and even automatic irrigation systems.

The systems mentioned are all utilized to best suit their specific purpose however the two most commonly used are the high flow and low flow irrigation systems. The first system delivers water to plants with a high flow while the latter operates with a low flow or drip.

Use A System That Best Suits Your Garden

If you are a farmer cultivating crops on agricultural land then the high flowing system would be more appropriate. With this type high water levels are used to flood and control the amount of water in each distinct field. It is also regulated by a series of slopes that enables a runoff of excess water.

With the low flowing or drip irrigation system water is transported and distributed to plants through emitters, mini rotors, micro sprays or drip lines in a dripping fashion delivering water directly to roots. Seen as a very efficient method, low flow irrigation utilizes less water and significantly reduces evaporation and runoff.

Over time methods have improved to better manage the different types of gardening done today so depending on the type of gardening that you practice, installing the type that is appropriate is the best way to ensure that plants or crops receive the water that they require.

We’re Here To Help!

If you are interested in installing an irrigation system in your garden but you don’t know what to do leave it to us we can come and install it for you. Here at Dk Landscaping Inc. we aim to provide the highest quality landscape and gardening services to clients. Our services are very affordable and we work with clients to manage any type of gardening environment give us a call at 707 217-6508 or contact us via email.