During the spring season, many of our customers in Naperville, Aurora, Plainfield and surrounding towns use our Spring Cleanup services to refurbish their lawns and landscapes. Spring is the perfect time to prepare your lawn and landscape for the upcoming season. Winter damage can be easily fixed during the spring with the applications of fertilizers and some lawn renovation.
Our Spring services may include one or more of the following services:
- Clearing away leaves, branches, and clutter
- Re-edging and cleaning garden and flower beds
- Redefining the borders of the lawn
- Grass mowing if necessary
- Re-seed damaged areas of the lawn
- Pruning and trimming trees and shrubs
- Fertilizing, seeding and aerating the lawn
- Power rake (Dethatching)
- Providing post-emergent and pre-emergent weed control
- Pest control treatments
- Planting flowers
- Mulching of flower beds
We offer all types and colors of mulch:
- Dyed Red Mulch
- Dyed Brown
- Dyed Black
- Dyed Gold
- Premium Hardwood
- Pine Needle Mulch
- Double Processed Natural Mulch
- Play Mat Mulch
- Organic Mulch (Compost)
- Cedar Mulch
With so many varieties of mulch available, it can be difficult to choose. From dyed mulch to pine needle mulch, we cover the mulch basics to help you select which one will work best in your landscape.
Shredded bark is an all natural one of the most common and least expensive types of mulch. Shredded bark is one of the best mulch types to use on slopes and it breaks down relatively slowly providing coverage for a longer time. Shredded bark mulch can take up some nitrogen from the soil as it decomposes. If you have poor soil, adding some organic fertilizer to the soil can help keep your shrubs healthy.
Looks is the number one reason to even consider colored mulch. In terms of its utility, colored mulch is essentially identical to regular mulch, but people find the shock of red, black, chocolate color attractive and enjoy the way it complements their existing plants and landscape.
The real controversy surrounding mulch dyes exists due to smaller, off-brand companies that use cheaper materials that are considered toxic. Here at Westfield, we make sure we only use the safest and best quality.
Pine Bark Nuggets
Bark nuggets are slower to break down than shredded bark, but they don’t stay in place as well. Pine bark is long lasting, and when it does break down it enriches the soil with organic material. Water pooling can cause bark nuggets to float and spread. They’re not a good mulch choice for slopes or other areas where they may be washed away by heavy rain.
Gravel or River Rock (Decorative Stone)
Gravel and river rocks are inorganic materials thus don’t break down in the landscape. They don’t need to be reapplied every year. However, it also means they don’t improve your soil over time.
Compost looks like soil, just a little darker. This material breaks down quickly but adds to your soil structure the fastest. This is one of the less used mulch type in gardens due to the looks. It is the most beneficial to your plants and shrubs.
Fall chores are your last chance to prepare your outdoor landscape for winter. Here we will guide you to some very basic steps you can take to protect and preserve your lawn and landscape.
Fall mulching helps protect roots from frost and helps retain moisture during a cold and dry winter. We normally spread 2 to 3 inches of mulch around shrubs and trees.
Remove the Dead and Dying
If you remove dead landscaping in the fall, you don’t have to look at it all winter.
- Remove dead annual plants.
- Cut back dead ornamental grasses and perennials.
- Lightly prune dead and dying branches from shrubs and trees.
- After the first frost, cut back tea roses to about a third of their height.
Wrap Delicate Shrubs
Heavy snow, ice, and high winds can dry and split your delicate and pricey shrubs. To protect your landscaping from the winter elements:
- Hide small plants under overturned plastic pots or buckets.
- Wrap shrubs, such as boxwoods, in burlap.
- Surround vulnerable trees with shredded leaves.