Your landscape adds value to your home. It also an investment which needs to be maintained in order to keep it’s value.

Texture of mulch

A simple way to create a dynamic appeal to your landscape is by using two, or three, textures of mulch. Even a small section within a landscape bed adds more depth to your curb appeal. Here I used double processed mulch along with pine nuggets.

It’s recommend to cut back Monkey Grass before Spring.  Here in the southeast that’s around February.

Tips for cutting back ornamental landscape grass.

Most apply a fresh layer mulch to their landscape beds in early spring.  Some business will have contractors apply mulch twice a year.   See post on Benefits of Organic Mulch.

Types of mulch

Here in the south-east pine straw is a popular mulch media.  It comes in bales which makes it easier to transport and spread.

The only caveat with pine straw is come fall when you blow your leafs out.  The straw will likely blow out with the leafs.  Wait till after fall to put down fresh pine straw for best results.



To further help suppress weeds a good protocol is to use a pre emergent herbicide.  I endorse Snapshot which is more common among contractors.  Where as a product like Preen also works and is more economical for the homeowner.  Snapshot comes in a bag which is best applied using a gravity hand held spreader.

Understanding pH


pH levels for some Woody Ornamentals.

Remember to call 811 before digging and have your irrigation system marked if you have one!

  • Always have your utilities marked prior to any digging! DIY or Contractor.
  • If your hired contractor fails to take the responsibility of marking the utilities I would reconsider their credentials.
  • As A contractor, I e-mail/forward the work order of marking the utilities to the homeowner.
  • Make sure you perform the work between the given time allowed.
  • Under most circumstances its a free service.
  • Failure to take this responsibility is matter of potential personal injury, and potential liability issues.
  • The liability could fall on any party involved.
  • Often times the depth of the utilities vary even with there being codes to follow.
  • My experience has been that cable and phone lines are usually sod deep (1″-3″)
  • Have your irrigation system marked if you have one.