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Rock vs. Mulch: Which Is Best for Your Fall Ground Cover

Rock vs. Mulch: Which Is Best for Your Fall Ground Cover

When choosing a protective fall ground covering, many homeowners face the dilemma of choosing rock or mulch for their landscape beds. While each provides their own unique benefits, choosing the best option for your yard depends on your own personal lifestyle and the type of landscape plants you have.

Here we’ll go over the differences between rock and mulch and which one is best for your fall ground cover in Happy Valley, Troutdale, Gresham, and the surrounding areas.


When Is Rock a Good Choice?

Rock ground cover is comprised of decorative gravel or rocks ranging from pea-sized pebbles to golf ball-sized stones. Rocks come in a myriad of sizes, colors, textures, and shapes. You can choose a porous, lightweight red or black lava rock, or smooth quartz in purple or pink. Rock is great for properties with drainage issues as it allows water to drain quickly through your landscape. Because of its high drainage quality, rocks are best for drought-tolerant plants such as succulents. Rock cover is an easy, no maintenance option if you have open bed areas without plants.


The Benefits of Mulch

Mulch is made of several types of wood bark and can be dyed various colors to achieve whatever look you desire, although the most common colors are black, brown, and red. Mulch retains moisture so you don’t need to water your landscapes as much and is the perfect natural weed repellent as it blocks the sunlight they need to sprout in your garden....

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Why Your Lawn Needs Fall Fertilization

Why Your Lawn Needs Fall Fertilization

Your lawn requires many things to keep it strong, healthy, and green throughout the year. When fertilization is mentioned, most people think about springtime application, as this is when your grass is growing and needs all the food it can get to thrive. What many people don’t realize, however, is that your lawn also needs fertilization applications in the autumn.

Fall fertilization sets up a strong foundation for your lawn to sustain the winter by providing it with essential nutrients and helps your lawn recover from dormancy in the spring. Here are some reasons why your lawn needs fall fertilization in Happy Valley, Troutdale, Gresham, and the surrounding areas of Oregon.


Autumn Encourages Optimum Nutrient Absorption

Fall is the most important time of year for lawn fertilization. Fertilizing in the spring provides your freshly-awoken lawn with a boost of nutrients to help fuel its growth, but fall fertilization provides it with energy reserves needed to sustain itself throughout the cold winter months. Autumn brings with it cooler temperatures and moisture, both of which are needed to help your turf absorb your applied fertilizer. When applied in the fall, your lawn has ample time to break down the nutrients provided by the fertilizer and store these for food and energy to use throughout the winter.


Fall Fertilization Prepares Your Lawn for the Upcoming Winter Months

Fall fertilizer on a lawn in Troutdale, OR.

Unlike spring fertilizer that encourages grass growth, fall...

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Why It's Time to Schedule a Fall Lawn Cleanup

Why It's Time to Schedule a Fall Lawn Cleanup

When the season changes, particularly in spring and fall, many of us begin planning out our seasonal cleaning sprees for the inside of our home. Much like the inside, the outside of our home needs seasonal cleanup too. Seasonal yard cleanups are a vital part of taking care of the look of our property and maintaining its good health.

Seasonal yard cleanups are important for allowing new growth, ridding your yard of weeds, and decreases the number of potential health risks in your yard. Here are some reasons why your yard needs a seasonal cleanup in Happy Valley, Troutdale, Gresham, and the surrounding areas.


Before and after fall yard cleanup in Gresham, OR.

Autumn Cleanups Prepare Your Lawn for the Winter

When winter rolls around, your lawn can sustain some pretty harsh damage due to the cold and snow. A lawn that has not been properly cleaned up by our experts is already in a weakened state throughout the fall, and when winter hits it can devastate your lawn. Leaves that blanket your yard suffocate your lawn, preventing the grass from going through photosynthesis and slowly killing it entirely. Pests also thrive under wet leaves, as do various diseases, fungi, and mold.

Fall cleanup will rid your yard of all these issues and ensure your lawn has the best nutrition and is in the best health to endure the winter months and grow in strong and healthy in spring.


A Fall Cleanup Allows for New Growth in Spring

Seasonal cleanups and debris removal are essential for ensuring fresh, new...

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