Ooh la la! French Drains

Ooh la la! French Drains

A French drain may be your remedy if you have a waterlogged yard or a wet basement.   Water always flows downhill, and by the easiest path possible.  That’s the basic concept behind a French drain, a slightly sloped trench filled with round gravel and a pipe that diverts water away from your house.  Henry French, a judge and farmer, promoted the idea in a 1859 book about farm drainage.

French drains provide an easy channel for water to flow through. Water runs into a gravel-filled trench, then into perforated pipe at the bottom of the trench.  We recommend #57 washed gravel for this application.  It is a smooth round stone that allows the water to percolate through to your drainage pipe.  Water travels freely through the pipe, which empties at safe distance from the house.

When You Need a French Drain:
•    When you have a problem with surface water, such as a soggy lawn or a driveway that washes out
•    If water is getting into your basement
•    If you’re building a retaining wall on a hillside

Wood Chips

Wood Chips

It’s my favorite season of the year, camping season!!  Are you a happy camper?  I am and I’ll tell you why. After this rainy spring we had I finally got my muddy campsite cleaned up! I went over to Three-Z-Supply and picked up a couple of yards of their woodchips in my truck and hauled them out there (they do offer delivery as well).  Our lot had gotten so muddy we had to rope off a section to keep our friends kids from running through and playing in all that mess.  It was impossible to keep our dog clean too. We go there to relax and enjoy, not to be mopping up floors all day!

Let me tell you a little bit about these woodchips…they come from lumber mills and are natural wood or tan colored.  The chips are excellent for padding under swing sets and on play areas.  They are decorative coverings for paths and walkways (which is how I applied them), they look great around trees and in flower beds and are even used for ground cover in dog kennels.

Our lot looks so much better now, the muddy areas are under control and everything is nice, neat and natural looking. I recommend you head over and get some woodchips to beautify your areas as well.

Have a great summer everyone and happy camping season to you!

Mellow Yellow

Mellow Yellow

A friend of mine texted me a picture of a plant to help her identify it.  It turned out to be St. John’s Wort.  This popular plant is able to thrive in poor soil conditions and has healing properties.  St John’s Wort thrives in poor soil conditions and does best in partial shade so that its leaves do not get sun scorch.  It blooms from early summer through mid September.  The bright yellow flowers make this an attractive cheery plant.  Once established the plant will flourish in all soil conditions. To keep this shrubby plant in shape it is best to prune it in the early spring just before signs of new growth.

The oil in the blooms & leaves helps give relief from certain skin ailments such as burns.  You can also benefit from the anti inflammatory properties of the flowers.  Try tossing a handful of blooms & leaves in you salad.  St John/’s Wort also has been used in the treatment of depression and is a mood enhancer,   It’s herbal supplement can be found in most drug stores.  As with any herbal supplement check with your Pharmacist first before trying it.

This pretty perennial flowering shrub is sure to enhance not only your garden but your mood as well!

Don’t Skip the Mulch

Don’t Skip the Mulch

With as wet a spring as we’ve had it’s taken a while for the soil to dry out.  Now that your perennials, annuals & vegetables are established it’s the perfect time to mulch.  Mulch is great way to suppress weeds, cut down on watering; it also keeps the soil cool and improves the soils friability as it decomposes.

When determining the best type of mulch to use you need to consider its purpose.  If you are installing new beds our shredded bark or custom z mulch would add nutrients and improve the soil.  These mulches are double ground to a fine texture & dark brown in color.  If you have an established garden we offer 100% hardwood that has been color enhanced.  The dye in the mulch allows it to hold its color longer & will not harm your plants or soil.  For playground and ground cover we feature double ground wood fiber or wood chips.  This type of mulch would take the longest to break down.

Don’t forget mulch also enhances the curb appeal of your home & helps increase your property value. Besides that it’s affordable & easy to apply.

Mulch Fire Safety

Mulch Fire Safety

Summer is here.  The mulch is in, the garden is growing, the flowers are blooming.  Take time and enjoy all the hard work you put into your yard.  But don’t forget to keep things watered.  This includes your mulch.

Most mulch, including those from Three-Z are made from wood or tree bark.  This means they are flammable.  As the weather turns hot and dry, mulch dries out as well.  Small, dry pieces of wood are perfect kindling.  Many fires are started every year because a spark finds its way into dry mulch.  The results can be devastating.  Below are some tips to help prevent mulch fires.

  • Keep mulch away from landscape lights or other electrical fixtures
  • Do not discard cigarettes into mulch beds
  • Keep mulch moist with regular watering
  • Protect mulched areas from sparks from grills and fire pits
  • Do not put citronella candles or torches in or near mulch beds
  • Do not leave outdoor fires unattended
  • Do not put mulch over electrical cords or wires
  • Keep mulch a safe distance from other combustible materials
Last Minute Winter Prep

Last Minute Winter Prep

Only in Cleveland can it be 75 degrees one day and 35 and blizzard-like the next.  Due to an unseasonably mild fall, some of the yard winterizing may have escaped your mind.  So now you may need to bundle up and finish up some of that landscape winter prep you’ve put off.  (Some of you may be wishing you hung your Christmas lights much earlier, too!)

It’s important that you protect delicate trees and shrubs by wrapping them.  There are several reasons this may benefit some of your more sensitive plantings.  Wrapping keeps plants warmer; reduces moisture loss; keeps deer away; protects from ice damage; and reduces salt damage. Many of the home and garden centers carry these wrapping supplies.  Now is also a good time to apply fungicides or dormant season pesticides to protect your plantings.

Oddly enough, leaves are still falling.  Since many of the municipalities have completed their leaf collections for the season.  Consider raking the remaining leaves and start a compost pile if space allows in a small portion of your yard.  You can always place them in an old trashcan, as well.

As the weather continues to cool off and food gets scarce, deer and other animals will begin eating whatever plants they can find.  If you’ve had deer problems, they’re certainly not going to go away this winter.  Now is the time to protect your plants with deterrent sprays or physical barriers.

Three Z is your source for delivering the quality materials you need, while providing the service you expect.   Visit our website to check out our wide assortment of soils and amendments, mulches, sands, aggregates, limestone, and washed gravels.