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How to Lay the Mulch Correctly

Aug 4


Although it appears easy, spreading mulch across your landscape is not. Whether you want to create a thriving garden or just create a stunning landscape Here are some suggestions to spread mulch properly. Prepare the soil. Use a pre-emergent herbicide to prepare the soil. After that apply the mulch in a uniform manner. Then, estimate how much mulch you will need. Once you know how much mulch you require it will be simpler to figure out how much to purchase.

Applying an herbicide pre-emergent

It is important to use a pre-emergent herbicide just before the weeds begin to emerge. Pre-emergents need 0.5 inches of rain or water to be effective. Although many landscape experts recommend applying pre-emergent herbicides at temperatures between 60 and 70 degrees, a University of Missouri study found that 55 degrees is the ideal temperature to achieve the best results. Follow the guidelines from the manufacturer and keep an eye on the weather.

The application of pre-emergent herbicides is best before the ground temperatures rise above 55 degrees. This temperature is important since it is the point at which seeds from cold weather are able to germinate. Pre-emergents can be found in liquid and granular forms, and they operate in a similar method of stopping weed seeds from sprouting.

Preparing the soil

Making sure that the soil is prepared before you plant mulch in your garden is essential. Get rid of any plant or debris from the garden. After that, you'll need to use a shovel or a rake for turning the soil. Finally, use a weed repellent to keep weeds that aren't wanted away. After mulching, you are able to apply more mulch to the beds as required to keep them looking similar.

Fertilize your soil to make sure it is ready to mulch. The majority of plants benefit from fertilizers applied in the autumn and spring. Your flower beds will pop when you apply spring fertilizer. Use water-soluble fertilizer for annuals. Pre-emergent herbicides can be used to stop the growth of weeds. Once you've prepared the soil, you can rake it until it's flat.

Mulch spreading

Mulch is spread manually If you've got the proper tools. They include a pitchfork, shovel, and a steel tine rake. Essential Home and Garden recommends using both a wheelbarrow and steel tine rake. The wheelbarrow should be filled with mulch. Next, utilize the rake for an evenly distributed. Make use of a face mask to distribute the mulch evenly and to avoid sliding.

It is possible to rent equipment if you're unable to do it yourself. The Home Depot has a assortment of mulching tools. You can rent the equipment to spread mulch as well as mulch. Mulching equipment can be rented for the duration you require it, and returned to The Home Depot once you are done. Mulch can also be made using yard waste. Wood waste is a fantastic source of mulch.

How much mulch will need to buy

Calculating how much mulch you will require is the first step in laying the mulch. For this, you can calculate the square footage you need for the space you're installing mulch on. Divide the area's width and length by 3.14 feet to get the amount of square footage. To convert inches to feet, you can use a conversion chart. Add these two numbers to determine how much mulch you need.

Dividing the space by the desired mulch depth in inches, to figure out how much mulch you'll need. A layer of mulch that is one inch thick covers approximately 324 square feet. Three cubic yards are required to cover a yard with mulch that is two inches thick. This is the most widely used method of estimating volume. However, you will want to account for any additional landscape features that are not visible on the drawing.

Beware of weeding under the mulch

Mulch is an important component of keeping weeds out from your garden. But, not all mulches are made equally. They are often made of low-quality materials such as grass clippings and straw. Others are made from wood chips or sawdust. This kind of mulch allows for weeds to be able to grow through it, so be sure to select the best high-quality mulch to your garden.


The bark mulch and wood chips are good choices for preventing plants from growing under mulch. They decompose slowly, however they shouldn't touch the trunks of trees. Mulch is also created from grass cuttings, but you must first wilt them before you lay them down. If you're concerned about the possibility of attracting snails, wrap a piece of newspaper and then weigh it down using soil or rocks. It is possible to use coarse chipped bark mulch to cover trees and shrubs, if your garden is large enough. It's not prone to blowing away and it slows down as it breaks down. Additionally, it mulches the roots of your plants an overcoat of hemp matting or sawdust is an excellent option for large areas between trees and plants.

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