Neatly mulched beds improve the appearance of any landscape. But beyond its appearance, a layer of mulch provides many other benefits. Mulch protects the plants' root systems and can add much-needed nutrients to the soil. Mulch helps stop the erosion of topsoil. Though applying mulch may seem like a chore, it can actually save you effort later in the season. Because Mulch helps to prevent weeds
and retain moisture, you'll spend less time weeding and watering your garden and more time enjoying it. In order for mulch to work and look its best, you must choose the best material for your garden and apply it properly.
Stone/Gravel Installation can add a long-lasting and great appeal for Xeriscaping. There are many different types and sizes of rock to choose from...from crushed granite to small boulders. The benefits to installing rock is that it won't wash away or won't decompose over time. It stays where you put it and lasts for many years, and it requires a single financial investment over mulches that must be replaced or added to once they've exhausted their usefulness, which can actually be several times during a single growing season.
On average, 1 cubic yard of compost will cover 1,000 sq. ft. of turf. (1/3 of an inch in depth)
Even though it's winter time here in Texas, our warm season turf grasses are still fairly active. They may have slowed growth, but the leaves are continuing to capture sunlight and build carbohydrates, and the roots are growing very actively during our warm Texas winters.
This is a good time to apply a thin layer of compost over the soil surface. If you apply about 1/3 inch over your grass, it will fall in between the blades of grass, cover the soil, and then as spring rains come, begin to feed the turf a little bit of nutrient which will carry on into the growing season and well into the summer, in fact.
You only want to put it about a third of an inch deep because you don't want to smother the grass. Another thing that will do is cover the bare soil areas, and help deter some of those weeds that will begin sprouting in the spring, creating summer weed problems in your lawn.
You want to use a finely screened compost product, nothing real chunky because you want it to settle on down in between the blades of grass and not smother the surface. Apply it evenly over the lawn, and then use a garden rake turned upside down to spread it out. By turning the rake upside down, it's a lot easier to spread it smoothly over the surface of the grass.
This finely screened compost is chocked full of nutrients. Once we spread it out, you can just let nature take care of it from there. It will feed your lawn on into the spring, summer, and even into the fall. And you'll have a beautiful lawn to show for it.