How much mulch do I really need? By Seamus Dillon

Well, first we need to determine if it is best to use bark mulch or dyed wood chips. It really depends on what you are trying to achieve. If you simply want to suppress weeds and have your landscape look new all the time, then likely you’ll want bark chips spread twice per year. The first time to lay them would be early spring and then again in early fall. This can get expensive however. An alternative that can look nice all year is to use Premium hardwood bark mulch. There are mixed reviews on the best time to spread it, but overall it will decompose faster and has many more nutrients for your shrubs and plants. Typically, a 2 to 3-inch base is sufficient, then each year an inch to spruce your landscape beds are really all you need. #barkmulch

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How to solve your pruning problems By Seamus Dillon

Do you ever feel overwhelmed by all the shrubs and perennials in your landscaping? Have you trimmed them all back and noticed they all didn’t flower the next year. Pruning can be very problematic if you do not know what you are doing. Each plant has different needs and can be stressed if cut back too far. Plus, it can be unsightly if the stems are too woody. The best option is to fully research the type of plant(s) you have and prune them in the proper season and in the proper way. Landscaping is expensive and is important in supporting the value of your real estate. Be sure to take the time to learn how to do it right or you may be spending a small fortune replacing what was damaged. We at Dykstra Landscape Management specialize in servicing complex landscapes, feel free to contact us for a free quote. #pruningisnoteasy

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Do you have horsetail problems? By Seamus Dillon

Well, it may not be the horsetail you are thinking of. This is actually an invasive weed that can overrun your rock bed or any other landscaped bed for that matter. They thrive in low oxygen, so there are some traditional remedies to remove weeds that will not work and may actually support their growth. They contain millions of spores and release them into the soil, so simply attempting to pull them by hand can causes the spreading of these spores. This can make eradicating these small weeds nearly impossible. A couple of tips that will help remove these hardy weeds are to remove the first layer of your bed where the horsetail is growing and place them into a trash bag for removal from your property. It will also help to plant many more shrubs and perennials in the area where the horsetail was thriving as the plants will rob the resources the weed thrives on. This should help you in your desire to have a beautiful landscaped property free of weeds. #horsetailweedseverywhere

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