3 Tips on How to Lay Mulch the Easy Way
There are so many things you can do with mulch. Many homeowners like to add mulch to their gardens, on pathways, or at the base of their trees. It can be a colorful landscaping feature and can also protect your plants by shading the soil and discouraging the growth of weeds. Better yet, laying mulch is really easy to do. If you’re concerned about how to lay mulch, these easy tips will guide you through the process.
Prepare the area. Once you know where you want to lay your mulch, start by pulling up any weeds in and around the area so they won’t poke through your mulch. Some homeowners find that laying down a few sheets of newspaper before laying out their mulch helps to prevent the growth of new weeds and also helps soil retain moisture. If you decide to add a layer of newspaper, make sure you’ve done all of the planting you wanted to first since cutting holes through the paper to plant can be a hassle.
After that you can add curbing or shape the grass around your garden, flowerbed, or walkway. Use spray paint to trace your line, then take a square spade and a hoe to dig up the grass along the line. If you want a more modern look, you can make your edges straight. If you want something with a little more flair, you can create a wave pattern where the mulch and either the curbing or grass meet. Feel free to leave the grass clippings in the soon-to-be-mulched area. This organic material will help your plants grow better.
Determine how much mulch you’ll need. Your mulch layer should be about 3 inches thick, so measure the size of the of desired mulch bed and account for that height. If you’re using a fine mulch, only apply a thin layer to your garden (no more than 2 inches). Fine mulch tends to become matted if you have a layer that’s too thick.
Lay your mulch. Some homeowners are concerned about how to lay mulch if they’ve never done it before, but it’s not as difficult as it looks. Once the area is prepared and you have your mulch, you can start laying it. Use a rake to spread the mulch evenly throughout the designated area. If you have plants in the area where you want to lay your mulch, you should leave a couple inches of separation space between the plants and the mulch to decrease the chance of stem rot. This means that you definitely shouldn’t pile mounds of mulch around the base of your plants–as some homeowners are tempted to do.
Laying mulch is a simple way to make your landscaping pop and can add a layer of protection to your garden or flower bed. Adding this beautiful extra to your lawn can mean less weed maintenance and more healthy, gorgeous plants. If you still have questions about how to lay mulch, don’t know how much to buy, or don’t know which type is right for you, a professional landscaper can help you choose a mulch, order it and lay it. While mulch is pretty easy to lay, it can be a big job if you have a lot of square footage to cover. Using a professional landscaper can save you from a very labor intensive project and still get you the beautiful results you’re after!