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Newport News Now is a daily e-newsletter that launched in March 2016. Articles that ran in our newsletter between March 2016 and March 2018 are available on these pages. Newsletters produced beginning in April 2018 can be viewed on our new daily newsletter page.

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Mar 20

It’s Mulch Time in Newport News!

Posted on March 20, 2017 at 8:24 AM by Communications Department

Early spring is a great time to spruce-up the landscape with a new layer of mulch after fallen leaves and other debris have been removed from bed areas. You may notice mulching crews out around the City applying a 2-3” layer of dark brown, double shredded hardwood mulch. While not only looking nice, appropriate mulches are beneficial to the landscapes and aid in increasing our “green-factor.”
Proper mulching helps to increase soil moisture, reduces the germination of weed-seeds, improves soil structure and drainage over time, and offers some protection from mowers and string-trimmers. Remember that “less is more” when it comes to mulching; a three to four inch layer is the optimal depth to benefit the plants it serves. Too much mulch can be detrimental to the root systems, decrease air circulation and stress stem tissues, and provide habitats for rodents to set up housekeeping.

Take caution to avoid piling mulch against any live tissue (trunks, stems, root crown, branches, etc.). Depending on how quickly the previous year’s mulch decomposes, one may even need to remove old mulch before applying the new layer in order to avoid buildup of thick blankets that can become matted and even prevent water from reaching the plant roots.

Enjoy the upcoming weather and spend some “mulch time” sprucing-up your landscape! The City of Newport News’ Recovery Operations Center at 550 Atkinson Way offers mulch for sale. A price list is available on the Public Works website.

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