Maximizing Your Mulch Installation

By October 1, 2019 October 2nd, 2019 Blog

Are your mulch customers getting the biggest bang for their buck?

Clients looking to improve their landscape will want to stretch their dollar and maximize their investment. Make sure you’re ready to provide value and quality service by going the extra mile. It’s what separates the mediocre landscape services from the outstanding ones.

So, what does it take to ‘stand out?’ What steps will have your mulch installations looking great and providing peak performance the whole season?

These tips will help you impress your customers and inspire them to repeat and refer your services.

      1. Choose high-quality mulch. Get this wrong and nothing else will matter. Organic wood mulch is best for insulating beds, deterring weeds, controlling erosion, reducing moisture loss, and improving soil conditions. Triple-shredded wood mulch covers all of this, plus it has a uniform, rich appearance.
      2. Get the messy work done first. Before you install mulch, make sure trees, bushes, and perennials are trimmed and cut back. Remove dead plants and install any new plantings in the landscape. Test and fix any irrigation system elements that may need repairs. There’s nothing worse than installing mulch and then realizing you have to dig it up.
      3. Clean out, weed, and fertilize. Remove old mulch, leaves, etc. and thoroughly weed the beds. Now is a great time to apply a pre-emergent weed killer. Loosen the soil while you’re at it and mix in a little compost. Your plants will thank you.
      4. Decide on edging. Keeping mulch in and invasive grasses and weeds out should be a top priority. Whether your customer decides on a well-defined trench, pavers, or metal edging, be sure that this work is complete before laying the mulch. Your work will have staying power and look great longer.
      5. Installation. A 2 to 3-inch layer of high-quality organic wood mulch is ideal. Avoid placing the mulch directly against plant crowns and tree bases. Make sure you have enough mulch on hand with this mulch calculator. Taper the mulch at the edges of the beds.

By taking these steps to give your clients the biggest bang for their buck, you’ll have your customers’ landscapes the envy of their neighborhood.