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How to Lay Mulch Correctly

Aug 4


Although it may seem easy, spreading mulch across your garden is not. Here are some methods to properly spread mulch, no matter if you're looking to cultivate an herb garden or design beautiful landscaping. Prepare the soil. Use a pre-emergent herbicide to prepare the soil. Then you should spread the mulch evenly. Then, estimate how much the mulch you'll require. When you know the amount of mulch you require, it will be easier to know how much to buy.

Applying a pre-emergent herbicide

It is crucial to use a pre-emergent herbicide just before the weeds begin to emerge. Most pre-emergents need 0.5 inches of irrigation or rain to take effect. impact. Landscape professionals often recommend that herbicides used in pre-emergent applications be applied at 60 or 70 degrees. However the University of Missouri study has found that 55 degrees is the most suitable temperature to achieve the best results. Follow the directions of the manufacturer and keep track of the weather.

Pre-emergent herbicides can be used in the spring or early fall prior to the temperature of the ground rising over 55 degrees. This is crucial because it is the point at which seeds from cold weather begin to sprout. Pre-emergents can be found in both liquid and granular forms. They work in similar to the seeds of weeds, to keep the sprouting of weeds.

Making the soil ready

Before you lay down mulch on your garden, make sure to prepare the soil. Begin by removing any debris from your garden bed or shrubs. Then, use a shovel to move the soil around in order to open it up and supply it with water. To keep out unwanted weeds then, employ a weed-killing. You can mulch the beds whenever you want to keep them in a consistent state.

Fertilize your soil to make sure it is prepared to be mulched. Many plants will benefit from fertilizer applied in the spring and fall. The flower beds will bloom when you apply spring fertilizer. For perennials, apply a water-soluble fertilizer. Herbicides that are pre-emergent can be used to control weeds or stop them from growing. After you've prepared the soil, rake it until it's flat.

Spreading mulch

Mulch is spread by hand If you've got the proper tools. They include a pitchfork, shovel, and steel tine rake. Essential Home and Garden recommends using a wheelbarrow and the rake with a steel tine. Load the wheelbarrow with mulch and use the rake to spread the mulch evenly. To ensure that you do not trip over the mulch, use the use of a mask to spread the mulch.

If you're not able to spread mulch yourself, you can use rental equipment. The Home Depot has a range of mulching equipment. Equipment for spreading mulch can be rented at The Home Depot. Mulching equipment is available to rent for all the time you need it and then it can be returned to The Home Depot once you have finished. Mulch can also be made from yard waste. Wood waste mulch is a great source.

How much mulch need to purchase

Calculating how much mulch you will require is the initial step to laying mulch. Estimating the amount of area you'll require to mulch in your area is the first step. To find the square footage, simply divide the length and width of the area by 3.14 feet. Utilize a conversion chart to convert inches to feet. Add these two numbers to determine the amount of mulch you require.

To determine the amount of mulch you need to purchase, divide the total surface by the desired depth in inches. A mulch layer that is one inch thick will cover approximately 324 square feet. If you want to lay 2 inches of mulch over your yard, you will need three cubic yards. This is the most commonly utilized method of estimating volume. You must take into account any landscape features not included in the plan.

Avoiding weeds beneath the mulch

Mulch is an essential element to keep weeds away from your garden. However, not all mulches are made equally. Some of them are constructed from inferior materials like straw and grass clippings. Some are made of sawdust or wood chips. This kind of mulch allows weeds to grow through it. So make sure you choose the highest quality mulch to your garden.


Bark mulch and wood chips are excellent options to control weeds under mulch. These materials should not be in contact with the trees' trunks as they decompose slowly. The grass cuttings can also be mulched but be sure that you wilt them prior to placing them on the ground. You could also put newspaper in a roll and add soil or rocks to it. You can use coarse mulch made of chipped bark to cover shrubs and trees when your garden is large enough. It decomposes slowly and won't blow away easily. A layer of hemp matt or sawdust is an excellent option to cover large areas between trees and plants.