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How to Lay Mulch Correctly

Aug 4


Spreading mulch over your garden could appear to be a simple task, but it requires some more effort than it seems. Whether you want to create an impressive garden or simply make your landscape beautiful, here are some tips to ensure that you spread the mulch correctly. Prepare the soil. Make sure the soil is prepared by applying an herbicide that is pre-emergent. Spread the mulch evenly. Then, determine how much the mulch you'll require. Once you know how much mulch you need, it will be easier to figure out how much to buy.

Herbicides that are pre-emergent

When using a pre-emergent herbicide it is important to apply it before the plant's weeds begin to appear. The majority of pre-emergents need 0.5 inches of irrigation or rain to activate their impact. Landscape professionals typically recommend that herbicides applied prior to the application of pre-emergents be applied at 60 or 70 degrees. However the University of Missouri study has discovered that 55 degrees is the ideal temperature to achieve the best outcomes. Follow the directions of the manufacturer and monitor the weather closely.

Pre-emergent herbicides can be used in the spring or in the early fall before temperatures rise over 55 degrees. This is because it is the temperature at which cold-weather seeds will sprout. Pre-emergents are offered in solid and granular form and operate in a similar way to stop the seeds of weeds from growing.

The soil preparation

Before you put down the mulch in your garden, be sure to prepare the soil. Begin by removing any debris from your garden bed or your shrubs. After that, you'll need to use a shovel or a shovel to move the soil. To keep unwanted weeds away it is possible to apply a weed repellent. After mulching, you can add more mulch to your beds as necessary to ensure they look like they are even.

Fertilize your soil to ensure it is ready for mulch. The majority of plants appreciate fertilizer applied in the spring and autumn. Spring fertilizer can help make your flower beds sparkle. For annuals, use water-soluble fertilizer. Pre-emergent herbicides are employed to control weeds and stop them from growing. After you've prepared the soil, rake it till it is even.

Spreading of mulch

You can spread mulch on your own with the appropriate tools. This includes a pitchfork, shovel, and steel tine rake. Essential Home and Garden recommends making use of a wheelbarrow as well as a the rake made of steel. The wheelbarrow needs to be filled with mulch. Then, you can use the rake for uniform distribution. Use a face mask to spread the mulch evenly and to avoid slipping on the mulch.

If you're not able to do the spreading yourself and you are unable to rent equipment. The Home Depot has a range of mulching equipment. It is possible to rent mulch spreading equipment as well as mulch. Equipment for mulching can be rented for as long as you need it, and it can be returned to The Home Depot once you are finished. In addition to mulch, you can also use yard waste to make your own mulch. Wood waste is a great mulch source.

The amount of mulch you need to purchase

Knowing how much mulch will need is the first step in laying the mulch. Estimating the amount of area you will need to lay mulch is the first step. Divide the area's width and length by 3.14 feet to get the amount of square footage. To convert inches to feet, use the chart for conversion. Add these two numbers to determine how much mulch you will need.

Divide the area by the desired mulch depth in inches to determine the amount mulch you need. For example, a one-inch-thick layer of mulch will cover around 324 square feet. Three cubic yards are needed for a yard to be covered with mulch that's two inches thick. This is the most frequently employed method for estimating the quantity. You will need to consider any landscape features not included in the design.

Do not let weeds grow in the mulch.

Mulch is an essential element to keep weeds away from your garden. Mulch isn't created equal. Some of them are made of low-quality materials like grass clippings and straw. Some are made of sawdust and wood chips. This mulch allows weeds to grow , so be certain to choose the ideal mulch for your garden.


Wood chips and bark mulch are great options to prevent plants from growing under mulch. These materials decompose in a slow manner, but they shouldn't touch the tree trunks. Grass cuttings may also be mulched, but make sure you let them wilt before placing them on the ground. If you're worried about attracting snails, wrap a piece of newspaper and then weigh it down with soil or rocks. You can use coarse chipped bark mulch to protect shrubs and trees if your garden is large enough. It doesn't easily blow away and it slows down as it decomposes. Additionally, it mulches the roots of your plants, the layer of sawdust or hemp matting is an excellent option for large areas between trees and plants.