• slide
  • slide
  • slide
  • slide
  • slide
  • slide
  • slide
  • slide
  • slide

Reduce Mowing Improve Plant Health

Reduce time spent mowing while improving the health of trees and shrubs with a few minor changes in your landscape design.

Eliminate tight corners and narrow spaces that make it difficult to maneuver the mower. Edge the beds to keep grass out and eliminate hand trimming.  Rent an edger or use a shovel to create a V shaped trench around the garden. Fill with mulch to create a nice edge for the mower wheel to travel upon.

Create large mulch or planting beds around trees and shrubs. Incorporate individual plants into larger planting beds.  Mow the grass inside the bed short, cover with newspaper or cardboard and a layer of woodchips.

Now you just need to mow around one bed instead of several small plantings. Plus, you eliminate the risk of damaging the trunks with the mower or weed whips. And these permanent plantings will thrive once the competition from the grass is removed.

A bit more information: Grass competes with newly planted trees and shrubs for water and nutrients. Expanding the mulch garden can increase the health and vigor of these new landscape additions.

Related

Upcoming Appearances


June 15, 2021
Strategies for Adding Native Plants to Your Landscape & the Benefits
Webinar

June 22, 2021
Low Growing Shrubs & Vines
to Attract Pollinators

Webinar

July 18, 2021
Drought Tolerant Perennials & Shrubs for Southeastern Wisconsin
In-person event

July 20, 2021
"Ask the Plant Doctor"
Question & Answer Session 

Webinar

July 24, 2021
Lake Country Art & Garden Tour
In-person event

Register today! Plus, watch Melinda's past webinars ON DEMAND
for a limited time.

Learn More

Book an Appearance

Learn More

Enter to win 3 bags of Wool Pellets and reduce watering by up to 25%!

ENTER NOW