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Proper Mulching Techniques

When creating a new landscape project mulch is commonly used to complete the look around trees and in beds.  Mulch is beneficial because when placed over soil it maintains moisture and improves soil conditions.  It is important to install mulch properly to obtain these benefits.

The recommended depth for installing mulch is 2-4 inches.  Using good quality hardwood mulch that looks nice but will decompose is best.

The benefits of proper mulching include:

Reduce soil moisture loss through evaporation, control weed growth, protects roots from extreme summer and winter temperatures, prevents certain plant disease, reduces risk of damage from weed whackers or lawn mowers, and gives a finished look to planting beds.

When mulch is installed improperly many problems can occur.  Too much mulch can lead to excess moisture on wet soil which leads to stress and root rot.  Mulch containing grass clippings or certain types of mulch effect PH soil levels and can lead to nutrient deficiencies.  Mulch piled against a tree trunk or plant stems can cause stress and could cause insect and/or disease problems.  Thick layers of mulch can become matted and may reduce the penetration of water and air.

Mulch, when installed properly, is an easy eye appealing addition to landscaping that provides many natural benefits.  At Squeals Landscaping we recommend mulch for all planting projects.

Hot Tub to Accent Your Landscaping

Many times we think of landscaping as a way to accent your home.  What can we add to accent our landscaping?  One option is a hot tub.  Hot tubs have become very popular during COVID.  They come is  wide variety of sizes,...

Invasive Species: Hemlock Woolly Adelgid

Please be on the lookout! According to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) anyone who has eastern hemlock trees on their property should look for signs of hemlock woolly adelgid. In...

Keep Your Leaves Clear

Now that the weather has turned colder the leaves are falling.  It is important to keep fallen leaves off your lawn. While raking your lawn is a tedious task, it's important to maintain a healthy lawn.  Keeping leaves off the lawn...

Spotted Lanternfly-Invasive Species

In August, The U.S. Department of Agriculture confirmed the detection of spotted laternfly in Pontiac, Michigan.  Early detection allows containment which is vital to prevent the spread. What to look for: Eggs of the spotted laternfly...

Invasive Beech Leaf Disease

Recently the Michigan Department of Natural Resources has confirmed a case of invasive beech leaf disease in St. Clair County. The disease has not been present in Michigan before.  It is associated with the microscopic worm,...

Pros and Cons of Artificial Grass

There is a new trend for homeowners.  Installing synthetic grass at their homes instead of natural grass.  There are pros and cons to consider when making this decision. Pros: Pet Friendly Good for water conservation. Free of...

It's Time to Turn On Your Irrigation System

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Buying at Big Box Stores

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Hardscape Design Trends

Over the last few years we have seen a strong shift in brick paving and hardscape design trends.  In the past, curves and radiuses were often the focal point and highlight of patios and walkways.  The construction process was fairly simple...

Sprinkler Winterization

A friendly reminder that this is the time to begin winterizing your sprinkler system!  This is standard maintenance and needs to be done to protect your sprinkler system during the freezing temperatures in the winter months.  This...

When To Use Landscape Fabric

Customers often request to have landscape fabric installed under mulch to help prevent weeds.  This is not an acceptable industry weed prevention method for mulch beds. Mulch is a wood product that will deteriorate and decompose. ...

Knockout Roses

Knockout Roses are one of the easiest plants to grow and provide color to your landscape.  Their bloom cycle is approximately every 5-6 weeks.  You can almost plant them and forget them. They are known as the self-cleaning rose, so there...

Plant Terminology & Definitions

When choosing a new landscape project that includes plant material, there are many common terms that sound similar but have different meanings.  Here is a list of the most common words you'll likely hear while planning your...

COVID-19 Update

It's hard to believe that we are all still experiencing restrictions from COVID-19.  Thankfully, all of us here at Squeals Landscaping Inc. are healthy and production is in full swing!  We are taking all recommended precautions to...

Oak Wilt: What You Need To Know

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85 Degrees = Extra Water

When the temperatures rise into the 80's plants require extra water because the ground moisture evaporates quickly.  Any type of flowering plant will quickly begin showing signs of stress in very warm conditions.  If there is little to...

Credit Cards

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Lawn Fertilizer

Customers often ask us what type of fertilizer they should buy for their new home landscape we installed.  The answer is always the same.  At Squeals Landscaping Inc. we recommend all homeowners use a local professional lawn fertilization...
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