We will be planting new gardens and flowers for the spring sooner than we realize. Peat moss landscaping is one of the best ways to prepare the soil now for new seedlings, fertilization, long-term plant health, and minimal garden maintenance. It will be well worth the investment you make because it is one of the few soil amendments that does so many things at once. Both immediate and long-term optimal plant life can be anticipated as a result. Long-term financial return on investment can also be expected with confidence.
Soil pH level is one of the most overlooked elements of successful landscaping.
Optimal levels are between 6 and 7 for most plants. Anything lower than 6 is too acidic, while anything above 7 is too alkaline. Peat moss has a pH of 3.0. This kills most pathogens and makes it not only good for pH balance, but also for maintaining a growing environment free of troublesome plant diseases.
While other acid sources such as pine needles can sometimes be gathered from your own back yard, professional peat moss landscaping in the right admixtures is the best way to ensure that new seedlings are given the best chance to reach maximum maturity.
Peat moss landscaping helps pay you back for its cost through irrigation enhancement.
Peat acts like a sponge. It soaks up water and retains many times its own dry weight for extremely long periods of time. This makes it possible to irrigate at marginal costs with maximum plant life results. Because we build custom irrigation systems into many of our professional gardens, peat moss is one of the tools we will use in these gardens to ensure that the cost of water does not become a strain on the homeowner’s budget.
Peat moss landscaping also generates better nutrient retention.
Every spring, Exterior Worlds goes out into the world to fertilize flowers, hedges, trees, and lawns. This year, it would be wise to have us treat your soil with peat moss first. The water retention qualities of peat also enable it to retain nutrients. The immediate results will appear when plants emerge vibrant and healthy at the beginning of their growing cycles. Long-term results will manifest when less fertilizer has to be used in subsequent seasons.
Peat moss landscaping plays an important role in aeration.
The Houston landscape is made up of a thick, clay-like soil that many call “gumbo dirt.” This soil can become impenetrable to root systems when it dries in the hot summer months. Some trees cannot even reach their full heights when this happens. However, mixing peat in with the soil will keep it loose enough for plant roots to continue growing even in the hottest times of the year.
In spite of its higher cost, peat moss landscaping pays off in a big way over time by lowering landscaping maintenance costs across the board.
It takes years for peat to degrade. Invest in it once, and all of the benefits we have discussed here today will continue to endure for years to come.