Quality Bark Mulch

Bark mulch can come in a wide variety of wood types, colors, and even textures. While it may surprise some people, bark mulch also comes in a variety of qualities. A low quality bark mulch can actually do more harm than good in your flower and shrub beds and around your trees. That’s why it’s important to understand what makes high quality bark mulch.

The worst mulch is made from ground up tree stumps, wood pallets, yard waste such as brush and branches, and even wooden demolition debris and other low-grade materials. Some mulch manufacturers will even dye or age these poor-quality, ground-up materials to mimic the cut and color of real bark mulch, so it’s critical to know your bark mulch supplier, what quality bark mulch they sell, and where they get their bark mulch from.

High quality bark mulch is made from large, thick-barked, softwood trees such as hemlock and pine and contains no low-quality fillers or by-products. High quality bark mulch is naturally resistant to insect pests and many funguses, helping it to stay attractive, last longer, and provide better protection for your valuable plants and landscaping. Quality bark mulch not only looks better, it even smells better, without the off-putting chemical or sour smell that some low-grade mulches can have.

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Why Masonry Increases Property Values

Outdoor Kitchen in MA

Nothing puts the “fun” in “functional” like hardscapes when it comes to outdoor living. Let’s face it, there’s only so much volleyball and badminton you can play on the lawn before your family and friends get tired of hanging around in your backyard.

That’s where masonry comes in.

A well-designed and professionally installed hardscape such as a patio, fire-pit, or even outdoor kitchen adds new functionality, excitement, and just plain fun to your property. After all, who doesn’t like to hang around a cozy fire on a starlit summer night or chilly fall evening?

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Hydroseeding to Sod — So Many Options

hydroseedingToday, modern lawncare provides the homeowner with a variety of ways to create a lush, green lawn. From carefully engineered, high quality seeds that can sprout into beautiful, drought-resistant grass; to hydroseeding for a fast, self-fertilized and mulched lawn solution; to sod installation, which provides a lush, instantaneous lawn. So many options…

Lawncare professionals prefer hydroseeding or sod installation over spreading plain grass seed as a fast, proven way to a new lawn or to repair a damaged one. But which one is right for you?


Hydroseeding does not require any hard, physical labor from you. The hydroseed mixture is sprayed onto bare ground and when it is kept damp and warm, hydroseed mixtures encourage growth and germination in much less time than hand-seeding a lawn. Hydroseeding is an economical alternative to sod and traditional seeding. It costs less, is just as effective, and results in a lawn that you can be proud of for years to come.

So what exactly is hydroseed? It’s a high quality mixture of seed, fertilizer, water, and Hydromulch (a wood/fiber mulch) that’s applied by sprayer over the soil in a one-step process. The soil is seeded, fertilized, watered and mulched all in one application.

Hydromulch, the green mat covering the newly seeded area, performs the following invaluable functions:

  • retains 10-15 times its weight in water keeping seeds moist, a key ingredient to a lush, healthy lawn.
  • provides a blanket of protection that keeps seeds safe from wind and runoff.
  • forms a near perfect microclimate for maximum germination, helps maintain soil temperature and protects young seeds from scorching sun.


Sod InstallationInstalling sod is the fastest and most efficient way to create a new lawn immediately. Sod is the mature lawn that is grown professionally and then transferred in large rolls or patches. Sod installation is the best option for repairing badly damaged lawns. The higher cost is well worth it for many property owners who don’t want to be bothered by the time and effort it takes to establish other types of lawns.

  • Less maintenance Sod lawns demand less maintenance after you first installation. Planting your lawn from start requires lots of observation for a whole year to ensure your lawn grows properly. A professional sod installer such as Manning Tree can provide you with a fully-mature lawn that has undergone the germination and growing process. The sod holds well on an incline even during rainy weather, while seeds might not.
  • Prevents erosion Since sod is mature when it’s installed, it instantly controls soil erosion. Sod, installed on hills and slopes, offers stabilization. A sod lawn immediately helps to filter dust and dirt from theenvironment and also removes mud.
  • Environmentally friendly Sod requires lesser post-planting watering compared to grass. This helps saves water, which is cheaper than watering seeded lawns. Furthermore, the absence of weeds requires less use of chemicals and herbicides in the environment.

Whether you choose hydroseeding or sod installation, a properly established and maintained lawn is a life-time investment, adding to the value of your property. It’s safe and enjoyable — even a benefit to the environment as the tightly inter-woven plants of a mature lawn clean the air by releasing oxygen as it uses carbon dioxide, traps particulate pollution and cleanses runoff water that helps restore our groundwater supplies.

Once established, a professionally-installed lawn is a beautiful, useful, and enjoyable investment you’ll be glad you made.

Pruning: What is it?

pruningPruning is simply the selective trimming of trees and shrubs. There are two basic purposes for pruning – one is to remove dead or diseased portions of the plant, such as winter-damaged branches or pest effected portions of the tree or shrub; the other is to shape the plant for controlling or directing its growth.

Regardless of the main reason for pruning, it’s vital for producing healthy plants because it removes excess and damaged branches, roots, and buds, enabling plants to put their energy into producing healthy new growth as well as more buds and flowers. Proper pruning removes not only diseased and damaged portions of plants, it can also eliminate energy-sapping, non-productive and unattractive parts; Continue reading “Pruning: What is it?”