Application of Mulch
Applying mulch in the right way around your home ensures that you maximize the beneficial effects of mulch and achieve a stunning finish. A professional application of natural, organic mulch protects plants and trees, replenishes soil nutrients, and discourages the growth of weeds for a neat and even appearance.
HOW TO PREPARE FOR MULCH
Preparing your garden for an application of mulch involves ensuring the ground is clear and even, and all existing weeds have been removed. Remove unwanted weeds and grasses from your garden and take away any large rocks or other debris. It may be useful to rake the garden surface to level the ground and ensure there are no uneven areas where water could pool.
If your garden needs some extra nourishment, it can be helpful to apply a layer of compost underneath the mulch, and water the garden bed deeply. This helps to get your garden off to a healthy start.
HOW MUCH MULCH DO YOU NEED?
The amount of mulch you will need for your garden depends on the area you want to cover, and the depth of mulch you want to apply. Ideally, you should apply mulch at a depth of at least 2 inches to prevent moisture loss and stop weed germination. Applying less mulch doesn’t provide the same beneficial effects, whereas applying too much mulch can be counterproductive and produce negative effects.
Your professional mulch supplier can provide an accurate estimate of the amount of mulch you will need to cover your garden. It is more economical to buy your mulch in bulk for covering a larger area, such as multiple garden beds, or an outdoor path.
WHERE TO APPLY MULCH
Mulch can be applied on any garden beds, in planters, around trees, and along garden paths. Mulch is ideal for covering exposed tree roots and protecting vulnerable plants that may be suffering the effects of droughts. While mulch is perfect for around the base of trees, it’s a good idea to pull mulch a few inches away from the base of trees, to prevent the collection of excess moisture.
Mulch provides an instantly polished and even appearance to your garden. Both natural and colored mulch can create a stunning effect for landscaping design. However, as mulch can settle, shift and break down over the years, some minor maintenance is required to keep your mulch looking outstanding. It’s helpful to rake your mulch to turn it over and refresh it, and even out the surface of the mulch. Use raised edging to contain the mulch neatly within the garden beds. As mulch can disintegrate and break down over time, you may need to replace your mulch with fresh supplies every 3-4 years.