Plan ahead for the installation of a grey slate patio that will border your backyard, so that the outdoor feature will be welcoming. If new furnishings are being added to the patio and you and your spouse will be using the dinette set for brunch or grilled meals, a bunch of flowering plants will add a fragrant allure to the area.
A Mulch and Plant Duo
Combining greenery and bright-colored petals with a rich brown or black mulch product will provide a striking contrast and add a clean line that separates the slate patio from the collection of plants.
When shopping for mulch, consider a cedar or hardwood variety that possesses an earthy scent. You could also consider a eucalyptus mulch product that will naturally deter insects and other pests. If you will be planting seeds in a plot that is going to be added around the perimeter of the patio, compare the pictures that are on the seed packets, with the mulch products you prefer.
The comparison will help you choose a complementary mulch variety. If you are opposed to using any dyed mulch products and want to stick to organic materials, read the additives that are listed on a mulch product, to ensure that the wood pieces are all-natural.
Planting and Erosion Control
Prepare the plot and plant the seeds within its confines. Add a light layer of mulch across the dirt. Plants that sprout will not be restricted from growing through the wood pieces, as long as you refrain from adding a heavy layer of the product.
The mulch can actually prove to be beneficial, by adding a layer of warmth that will protect the seeds from plummeting temperatures. After the plants have matured, add some more mulch to the plot and spread the wood pieces out, until an even thickness of the product covers all of the soil.
Erosion control strategies will prevent needing to add more wood pieces to the plot and will keep your property well-manicured. You can use lattice fencing panels or panels made of brick or cement as edging materials. These fencing materials will aid with keeping the mulch pieces inside of the plot. If you choose edging materials that contain holes in them, purchase pieces with a minimal amount of cutouts that are not large in size. Line up the materials around the plot before installing them.
To learn more info about this topic, contact a landscaping supplies company near you.