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Premium Mulch VS. Inexpensive Mulch

Chicago has been breaking records in regards to warm weather the past few months and we are all getting excited for spring. Soon, we’ll trade dark and rainy days for sunshine and blooming flowers. Before then, make sure your landscape is ready for the onset of spring. One way to do this is by mulching your desired landscape areas. However, for many homeowners this brings up great concerns as to what type of mulch to use that will benefit their landscape. Here are a few reasons why top quality premium mulch from Aspen Valley is more beneficial for your yard and garden than the poorly made, inexpensive mulch you can get a gas stations and grocery stores.

Quality

One of the biggest reasons to use premium mulch in your backyard landscape is due to its quality. While inexpensive mulches can initially save you money, they won’t benefit your plantlife long-term. Inexpensive mulches lose color quickly, fall apart easily, and end up costing more in the long run when you have to continually replace it. When you buy bagged mulch from your local one-stop shop, you never know what exactly you are getting. The bag may advertise Premium Hardwood Mulch, but it is likely there is less than 1% of hardwood tree bark in the mulch blend! Buying mulch from a dedicated landscape supplier ensures that you are getting the actual hardwood mulch you desire that will last in your landscape much longer than inexpensive mulch.

Coverage

Another reason to buy premium mulch from a landscape supplier is to ensure you get the most mulch for the money. Buying cheap mulch from a gas station, may not provide you the same amount of mulch that is advertised. When most mulch bags come in 2-3 cubic feet of coverage, the cost can quickly rack up if you have a large landscape to cover. It is important to keep in mind that your mulch should also be 1-2 inches in depth for plant beds and 3-4 inches in depth over tree roots which will affect the number of yards of mulch your landscape requires. With all these measurements to keep in mind, it is much easier and more time considerate to buy your mulch in bulk from a dedicated landscape supplier. To help you figure out just how much mulch you need for your landscape, our yards of mulch calculator can help.

Premium mulch is the way to go for the best quality and most coverage in your home’s landscape. Aspen Valley Landscape Supply is happy to help you with all your mulch needs. Visit your local Aspen Valley location now to prepare your landscape for spring!


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Winter Lawn Care


The winter months can be brutal on your home’s beautiful landscape. Don’t let the snow and freezing temperatures ruin what you’ve worked hard to create. Follow these winter landscaping tips to protect your home’s exterior from the elements this season.

• Make sure fallen leaves or debris have been completely cleared from your landscape to prevent insects and disease from spreading.

• Replace mulch around trees and shrubs to protect the roots and keep soil rich.

• It can be challenging for homeowners to determine how to protect plants from frost. We suggest using plant covers, shrub covers, and tree protectors to ensure the living materials used in your landscape are healthy and strong this coming spring.

• What you use for de-icing your hardscapes is typically personal preference. Consider using magnesium chloride or driveway salt for concrete safe ice melt. To melt ice on your pavers and other hardscaping materials, we suggest using sand or cat litter. When the snow and ice melt, the resulting runoff will not affect the surrounding plant materials.

• Get in the holiday season with exterior decorations. Hang strings of lights from tree branches and line porches and deck railings with garland. Make the most of all the seasons!

For more winter lawn care tips, visit your local Aspen Valley.


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Why Seal Pavers?

Chicagoans face some of the most brutal winters compared to other Americans across the country. From the deep cold to lake-effect snow to ice and slush, winters here can be just awful. This time of year, we always find ourselves pulling out the winter coats and scarves to prepare us for the coming season. But don’t forget that your home has to endure this freezing period too! Make sure to prepare your patio by sealing backyard pavers and bricks.

Preparing your patio pavers for the long winter months can often go overlooked as we are preparing ourselves to face the harsh cold. It is essential, however, that you seal your pavers in order to protect them from the elements that they will face this winter. Freezing temperatures, snow and ice will heap damage onto your pavers. As a result, you can find yourself waking up to spring with cracked and discolored pavers. Don’t let this idea become a reality! Sealing pavers will protect them and enhance their color for many months to come.

The best time to seal your pavers is during the fall. This time of year is the best time to wash away the summer’s dirt and grime and apply a sealant for paving slabs that protects your pavers from the elements during the winter. Typically, you only need to reseal your pavers once every other year but depending on the weather conditions your pavers face, this timeframe could change. To help determine if your pavers need to be resealed, spray your pavers with a hose and see if water seeps into the paver or beads up. If the water beads up, that means the patio block sealer is still working properly and likely doesn’t need to be reapplied. If the water seeps into your paver, then the sealer is likely worn and it is time for another application.

Aspen Valley has the answers to all of your hardscape questions. To learn more about sealing your pavers or to get patio design ideas, stop by one of our convenient locations today.



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