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How To Use Mulch Around Trees

How To Use Mulch Around Trees

If you have trees around your yard you may want to consider offsetting them against the grass by mulching around them or putting a bed of flowers around them and then mulching that. Adding mulch to the base of your tree provides both an aesthetic and functional...

3 Things You Need to Know About Backyard Ponds

3 Things You Need to Know About Backyard Ponds

Nothing says “tranquil escape” like running water in a fountain or backyard pond. Who could hold onto their cares as they watch the fish mill in the clear water? While most people like the idea of a backyard pond, and they certainly add to your home’s value,...

Why Use Wood Fiber Playground Mulch?

Why Use Wood Fiber Playground Mulch?

Keep your children’s play area safe with wood fiber playground mulch.  Engineered wood fiber is a popular playground mulch choice for playground surfacing projects with budget constraints. Engineered wood fiber is an economical playground surfacing used on nearly 80%...

Frequently Asked Questions About Fall Mulching

Frequently Asked Questions About Fall Mulching

We’re all about that mulch. Not only is it great for sprucing up your garden in the spring, covering soil with a solid layer of mulch in the fall will help reduce water loss, suppress weed growth, and protect your annuals from temperature extremes. The time to mulch...

Just say no… to volcano mulching.

Just say no… to volcano mulching.

You’ve seen it. I’ve seen it. We’ve all seen the twelve- to eighteen-inch deep piles of mulch wrapped neatly around the base of the tree — for who knows what reason. That practice is called volcano mulching, and no one knows why, or where it started. What we do know...

You can compost in northern VA!

You can compost in northern VA!

It’s the renter’s life for you in northern Virginia; home is a small apartment or a townhouse with strict covenant guidelines. You don’t have the space, or the rules say, “No garden!” But that doesn’t mean you can’t do your part to reduce, reuse, and recycle. You can...

Adding Top Soil to Your Lawn

Adding Top Soil to Your Lawn

If you’re trying to get your lawn in shape, but have lots of weeds, or moss or some other problem, the following steps will help you get started!  Top Soil and Compost Problems There are some recent considerations that aren’t typical. Since we’ve had a lot more rain...

When Should I Plant Grass Seeds?

When Should I Plant Grass Seeds?

It’s the Spring vs. Fall grass-planting debate!  Seeding your lawn is not complicated, but there are some things to know about the optimal time to plant grass seeds.  Whether you live in Virginia, Maryland or close by, the information is largely the same. You should...

4 Ways To Set Your Lawn Up for Success This Fall

4 Ways To Set Your Lawn Up for Success This Fall

Fall is a critical time for your lawn.  This is the time of year when we need to prepare your lawn for the long, cold winter, so that it comes back in the spring looking great.  Some of the fall lawn care jobs are well known, but sometimes we get the “deer in the...

Playground Mulch – Is Your Neighborhood Playground Safe?

Tot Lot Chips are not just a “nice to have” element in your neighborhood playground. This ground cover represents something much more important… your kid’s safety!   Playground Mulch Improves Safety When residents with children choose a place to live, they...

How To Use A Stone Fire Pit In Your Backyard

How To Use A Stone Fire Pit In Your Backyard

Most of us have memories of backyard bonfires in our youth. While the safety and aesthetics may have been questionable (gasoline as a lighter fluid, anyone?) no one can deny that there are few things as cheerful and intimate as sitting around a fire pit. Which raises...

How To Landscape With Large Trees

How To Landscape With Large Trees

When you purchased your home, you were probably entranced by the big tree in it. We love trees! Studies have shown that simply gazing at a tree will lower your stress levels. No one really understands why, but the soothing effects are well known. And that gorgeous...