HOW MUCH MULCH DO I NEED:
It all depends on the type of mulch. Generally no more than 2’’- 2.5’’ it’s the best thing you can do for your garden in addition to a beautiful landscape, fewer weeds, but most important the big benefits is that it helps conserve moisture in the soil which lends to a healthy flower garden.
First ,Tune-Up your lawn mower . Sharpen blades once a month it’s makes for a beautiful cut.
Mowing height for April, May, June, 2.5”. July August, September, October, 3”-3.5” . November 2’’. Just FYI your index finger is approx 3” long.
Leave clippings on the lawn in the dryer months , grass blades are approximately 80% water as long as they’re small enough to not smother the lawn.
Change the direction and pattern each time you mow..
Contrary to a lot of belief, grass clippings does not add to thatch or causes disease. As long as you mow your lawn at the right height , clippings quickly break down without a trace because they’re mostly water.
A small amount of thatch is very helpful to your lawn, when it becomes too thick , then a host of trouble can develop.
Two intervention can help improve the situation : Aeration ( removing small plugs of soil) and dethatching ( removing accumulated thath) open -up your lawn for water , air and fertilizer to penetrate the soil.
Keep looking at the grass and look for signs of drying and wilting . Then water / apply at least ½ inch of water twice weekly.
Very Important, read labels, if not sure, use a licensed professional .
Lawns will strive without fertilizer However, the less fertilizer, the more its quality deteriorates .
Plants fill in faster and make lots of blooms , if they are prune early. Side shoots will show up in a few days in March and April.