As the coming rains signify spring blooms in Pennsylvania, rising concerns of water pollution, squandered fertilizers, and soil erosion comes into sight as well.
Our team at Mack Landscape Management LLC. want to inform you of our concerns for your landscape, prevent any problems beforehand, or diagnose and rectify any existing issues before the problems worsen.
Rain is Vital:
Montgomery county averages 46.3 inches of precipitation per year, 5 inches more than the rest of Pennsylvania, and nearly 10 inches more than the entire average of the United States. This amount of precipitation contributes to the success of a wide variety of plants that thrive here, as well as a continuing problem with erosion, soil infertility, and over fertilization.
The way you, as a property owner, and us, as a responsible Landscaping company, manage your storm water is crucial to maintain your home's foundation, your landscape investments, and your cities water quality.
What Mack Landscape Management LLC. can do for you!
1. Establish the soil condition and percolation rate of the permeable areas of your property.
2. Calculate impervious areas (roof, driveway, hardscape patio) and the amount of water being lost by drainage systems.
3. Inspect and diagnose any problems with flooding, erosion, or storm damage.
4. Test soils for nutrients, retention, and leeching.
By investigating all these factors we can save you money!
1. Are you paying companies like TruGreen to come and fertilize your lawn? If your soils are like most Montgomery county home-owners, they are clayey, and slightly compacted causing poor water filtration. Perhaps your property is on the other side of the spectrum. Sandy and overly porous allowing all the fertilizers and beneficial nutrients to leech or wash right through. MLM can provide aeration to allow air and water to percolate through your soils instead of forcing it to rush off the property with the nutrients you have or have paid to apply. We are also capable of amending grades and changing plant material to retain your properties water reducing the need for irrigation during the hot and dry summers.
2. Draining and sealing your basement can be very expensive. By understanding how much of your property is impervious to rain, we can understand what type of system will best manage your excess water without damaging your home, plants, or landscape.
3. Do you have a steep grade beside or adjacent to your home that seems to be wearing away? Are trees on your property beginning to lean, show more and more of the root system, or even blowing over after a mild to severe storm? These are signs of a serious water runoff problem that we can solve! Replanting trees or perhaps planting the wrong trees for the area can be very costly. Let us inspect and try to remedy the rushing flow of water away with appealing solutions that wont cause damage, headaches, or a lighter wallet every rainy season.
Call or Email us today to schedule your water-runoff and drainage consultation!
Let us help you be storm ready, environmentally conscious, and save money!
What you should know and what Mack Landscape Management LLC. can do for you!
For clarities sake, mulch is any material spread evenly over the surface of the soil to enhance the growth in plants and the appearance of the landscape. Mulch applies to any type of spread top layer including the generic brown, black, or red wood mulch, leafy compost, or waste compost. This loose definition also illuminates the other applications and more benign benefits of using a generic leaf and wood mulch, or complex and chemically active compost mulch. Mulching can control undesirable weed growth, improve soil tilth (or soil quality,) and remedy erosion, runoff, and storm water flooding.
Soil is the bedrock to a healthy and beautiful landscape. I may seem like a broken record but it is absolutely critical to maintain a good soil structure and tilth to nurture plants, control weeds, curb erosion, slow leaching of nutrients, and control temperatures for plant roots. Above is a chart of the ideal soil composition as well as the soil triangle illustrating what three parts make up any one soil. Sandy soils allow quick root growth while usually droughty and nutrient poor otherwise known as leaching. Clayey soils are prone to compaction making rooting difficult. The finer particles make it more difficult for air and water to penetrate the soils. Loam soils, consisting of all three, sand, clay, and silt, are the most balanced and cultivatable of all soils. This is the end goal; to reach a balance between a sturdy yet aerated soil that retains beneficial nutrients and allows slow percolation of water through its many layers.
1. Mulches generally contain higher amounts of Phosphorous, Potassium, and Nitrogen than inorganic fertilizers. Natural mulches introduce these slowly providing a much steadier and longer treatment for plants than one large flush, which can ultimately harm plants and waterways. Mulches also contain micronutrients that are crucial for healthy plants, shrubs, and trees that are not found in the store bought N-P-K fertilizers.
2. Soil structure is crucial for healthy plant growth. Mulching with organic material can increase the water holding capacity of sandy soils while slowing the leaching of nutrients from the soil to the water supply. Loosening and lightening the platy structure to allow air and nutrients to penetrate its thick skin benefit clayey soils. In turn this lessons runoff by allowing soils to absorb a majority of storm water and curb erosion from fast moving rain streams.
3. Water conservation is crucial during the summer when landscapes have to be irrigated more and more due to higher temperatures and longer sun exposure. Just two inches of mulch in the summer can reduce water loss by 20%!
4. Maintaining a cool soil temperature in the summer and insulating the soils in the winter is crucial to roots and water evaporation control. Two inches of mulch atop of the four inches of soil can reduce the temperature by 10 degrees in summer, and increase temp by 10-15 degrees in winter.
5. Mulching also curbs unwanted plant growth by up to 90%! Annual weeds can be nearly eliminated completely by proper mulch spreading.
6. Microorganisms and worms, although unsettling to some, are nature’s little recyclers. These microscopic organisms increase air and water holding capacity and ultimately make your soil more fertile for your landscape. They can also physically attach to tree root systems to mutually benefit the plant and organism.
7. The right mulch has been proven to help with erosion. Spraying slopes and basins that see high velocity water flow can slow soil erosion and is readily used in Europe and Canada instead of artificial netting or sandbagging.
8. Finally, mulches and composts have been proven to reverse polluted soils because of the increased microorganism activity. Petroleum and heavy metals found in new construction sites are chemical compounds that cannot be broken down and flushed out without a soil rich with life.
Mack Landscape Management LLC is ready to help!
Many of our customers in the greater Philadelphia area suffer from clayey soils, live beside streams, or have severe storm water management problems. Besides the services we have always offered to our clients, being drainage system installation, soil amendments, and fertilizing, we are expanding to caring for the “Bedrock” of your landscape. Soil.
MLM is now offering soil pH and tilth testing, soil aeration to improve air and water intake in clayey soils, introduction of microorganisms to amend your existing soils, and will be happy to educate you on how to best make your very own compost that we can manage and apply in spring during our mulching season. Many of our customers take pride that their property is a micro-ecosystem that generates waste that is reintroduced as a natural mulch to improve every aspect of the garden or landscape. You may be was well!
Give Mack Landscape Management LLC a call to schedule a consultation for your zero-input yard!
610.755.8949 or email us at Mack.Landscape.firstname.lastname@example.org
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