Protect Your Plants And Beautify Your Gardens With Mulch In Spring

Mulch In Spring For Happy Gardens All Year

Mulching in spring is a game-changer for your garden. It’s like giving your plants a protective hug, keeping them safe from temperature changes and thirsty days. Mulch keeps your soil cozy and damp, making for happy plants. It’s not just about making your garden look neat; it’s about creating a healthy space where your plants can thrive.


But hey, we get it, life’s busy and mulching might be one of those things on your to-do list that keeps getting pushed back. That’s where Borst Landscape & Design can lend a hand. With a quick call to (201) 822-9327, you can tick ‘mulching’ off your list and get back to enjoying your beautiful outdoor space, hassle-free.


Mulching helps:

  • Conserve moisture so you can water less,
  • Warm up the soil, giving your spring plants a head start,
  • Prevent weeds from taking over,
  • Protect roots from extreme temperatures,
  • Beautify your garden with a uniform look.


And when you partner with Borst Landscape & Design, you also get:

  • More time to relax and enjoy your garden,
  • The assurance that the job’s done right,
  • A garden that’s not just beautiful but also healthy and thriving.

Benefits of professional mulching: Saves time, correct application, and a healthier garden. Contact Borst Landscape & Design at (201) 822-9327 for expert mulching services. - mulch in spring infographic pillar-3-steps

When to Mulch in Spring for Optimal Garden Health

Spring is a key time for garden care, and mulching plays a vital role in keeping your garden healthy. But timing and preparation are everything. Let’s explore how to get it right.


Choosing the Right Mulch

Mulch comes in two main types: organic and inorganic. Organic mulches include materials like bark, wood chips, pine straw, and lawn clippings. As they break down, these not only improve your soil’s health but also help keep the soil warm and moist. On the other hand, inorganic mulches might last longer but don’t enrich your soil.


For spring, organic mulch is your best bet. It’ll help:

  • Warm the soil,
  • Prevent weeds,
  • Retain moisture.


Preparing Your Garden for Mulching

Before you lay down any mulch, a little prep work can make a big difference. Here’s a simple guide to get your garden ready:

  1. Remove old mulch: Clear away any leftover mulch from last season to prevent diseases and pests.
  2. Soil testing: It’s a good idea to test your soil. This way, you know if you need to add any amendments before mulching.
  3. Weed removal: Get rid of weeds to prevent them from growing through the new mulch layer.
  4. Edging: Define your garden beds for a neat appearance and to prevent grass from growing into the mulched area.


Your best bet is to contract with a landscape company that will do it all as part of their spring garden maintenance.


When to Mulch

The best time to apply mulch in spring is mid- to late-spring. Why? Because you want to wait until the soil has warmed up. Mulching too early can slow down this warming process, which plants need to start their growth cycle.


Mulching after a light rainfall also helps the mulch to settle and start doing its job of retaining moisture and suppressing weeds right away.



Mulching your garden in spring isn’t just about making it look good. It’s about creating the best possible environment for your plants to thrive. By choosing the right mulch and preparing your garden properly, you can help ensure your plants are healthy and your garden looks its best.


How to Apply Mulch Correctly

Applying mulch correctly can be the difference between a thriving garden and a struggling one. Here’s how to get it right:


Mulching Around Trees and Perennials

  • Thickness Guidelines: An ideal layer of mulch is 2 to 4 inches. More than this can suffocate plant roots, and less may not effectively suppress weeds or retain moisture.
  • Avoid Plant Stems and Tree Trunks: Keep mulch about 1 to 2 inches away from the bases of plants and tree trunks to prevent rot and disease.
  • Mulch Rings: Consider using pre-shaped mulch rings for trees. They make it easier to avoid piling mulch against the trunk and look neat and tidy.
  • Refreshing Mulch: If you’re working with existing mulch, give it a good stir with a rake to loosen it up before adding more. This improves air and water flow to the soil.


Remember: Mulch piled up against the stems of plants or tree trunks (often called “mulch volcanoes“) can cause serious damage. Always spread mulch evenly, avoiding direct contact with plant material.


Want to make sure you get it right and avoid hauling bags of heavy mulch all over your yard? Take advantage of the services of a trusted landscaping company so you can kick back and enjoy the results.


Special Considerations for Different Garden Areas

  • Pathways and Slopes: For areas like these, a heavier or larger mulch material may be needed to prevent it from washing or blowing away. Consider wood chips or bark chunks for these spots.
  • High Wind Areas: In places where wind is a concern, opt for heavier mulches or consider securing mulch with garden fabric to keep it in place.
  • Moisture Retention Areas: In parts of your garden that need extra moisture, an organic mulch, like shredded leaves or straw, can help hold moisture in the soil.
  • Aesthetic Considerations: The look of the mulch can be just as important as its function. Choose a mulch that complements the style and color scheme of your garden.


Applying mulch correctly isn’t just about throwing it down. It’s about understanding the needs of your garden and responding to them. Whether you’re mulching around delicate perennials or covering large areas of landscape, the right approach can make all the difference.


The Benefits of Professional Mulching Services

Mulching might seem straightforward, but doing it correctly involves more than just spreading material over the soil. That’s where professional services, like those offered by Borst Landscape & Design, truly shine. Here’s why opting for a professional touch can make a significant difference in your garden’s health and appearance.


Why Choose Borst Landscape & Design

Expert Advice: Every garden is unique, and understanding what type of mulch, how much, and when to apply it can be complex. Our experts provide personalized advice tailored to your garden’s specific needs, ensuring that your plants get exactly what they need to thrive.


Time-Saving: Mulching can be time-consuming, especially if you have a large garden or complex landscape features. By choosing Borst Landscape & Design, you can save yourself the time and effort. Spend your weekends enjoying your garden, not working in it.


Ensuring Correct Application: Applying mulch too thickly can suffocate your plants, while too thin a layer might not adequately suppress weeds or retain moisture. Our professionals know exactly how much mulch to use and how to apply it to maximize benefits without harming your plants.


Enhancing Garden Appearance: A well-mulched garden looks neat, cared for, and visually appealing. Our team doesn’t just apply mulch; we enhance your garden’s aesthetic, paying attention to the finer details that make your landscape stand out.


Full-Service Landscaping: Beyond mulching, Borst Landscape & Design offers a comprehensive range of services to take care of every aspect of your garden and landscape. From design to maintenance, we’re your one-stop shop for creating and maintaining a beautiful outdoor space.


Experienced Professionals: Our team consists of certified and experienced landscaping professionals who bring years of expertise to your garden. We stay up-to-date on the latest gardening techniques and trends to ensure we provide the best possible service.


High-Quality and Reliable Services: We pride ourselves on the quality and reliability of our services. When you choose Borst Landscape & Design, you can rest assured that we’ll show up on time and deliver results that exceed your expectations.


Award-Winning Company: Our commitment to excellence has been recognized by Houzz, Landscape Management Magazine, and the New Jersey Landscape Contractors Association. When you work with us, you’re working with an award-winning team dedicated to creating stunning, healthy landscapes.


Mulching is more than just a chore; it’s an art and a science that can significantly impact the health and beauty of your garden. Borst Landscape & Design offers professional mulching services that save you time, ensure correct application, and enhance your garden’s appearance. With our full-service landscaping, experienced professionals, and award-winning service, we’re the best choice for your mulching needs.


Stop wasting your weekends battling with bags of mulch. Your time is valuable. Call Borst Landscape & Design at (201) 822-9327 or contact us online, and let us handle your garden needs. Enjoy a stunning, effortless outdoor area without the fuss.