As a homeowner, you should always be looking for new projects that will not only improve the look of your property, but yield a higher return on investment as well. Spending as little as 5% of your property’s value on landscaping projects can actually net an ROI of as much as 150%. Of course, you don’t need to spend 5% of your home’s value to plant a new garden or build a new terrace in the backyard. In this post, we’re going to cover one simple way to create a backyard garden: Using crushed shell as an alternative to traditional mulch.
Using crushed shell ground covering as mulch on your property can greatly improve the look and feel of your yard, and it’s a functional and aesthetically pleasing option. Here are a few things to consider when using crushed shell ground covering on your property:
- Clear the area you’re going to mulch — If there are weeds, rocks, sticks, and other items left over in the area you’re going to place the mulch, it could lead to some aesthetic issues. If any of these items are mixed with the mulch, it won’t look nearly as smooth — so spend some time clearing out and weeding the specific area of your yard.
- Figure out how much crushed shell coverings you’re going to need — Be sure to identify prior to any purchasing decisions exactly how much landscaping supply you’ll need. Once you have a good idea of how much you’ll need, you can begin purchasing that amount. For home projects, landscaping supply services can deliver the materials you need right to your door.
- Remove all organic matter from the crushed shells — Again, if there are salts and other particles covering the shells, it will result in a less smooth surface. Clear off the shells as best you can before they are placed down on your yard.
- Spread the shells in layers on the designated area — You don’t just want to pile all the crushed shells into one layer, because they will decay overtime and cause landscaping issues. Spread a few lawyers on your lawn instead and make sure each layer is between one and two inches thick.
If you want to learn more about different types of soil for gardening, using crushed shell ground covering, or how to best use a specific landscape supply product around your Tampa property, then contact Southern Landscaping Materials today.