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How to Lay the correct Mulch

Aug 4


Spreading mulch over your garden could seem like a straightforward task, but it's more effort more than that. Here are some methods to spread mulch correctly, no matter if you're planning to create a garden or create stunning landscaping. The first step is to prepare the soil. Prepare the soil by applying a pre-emergent herbicide. Apply the mulch in a uniform manner. Then, determine how much the mulch you'll require. Once you have figured out how much mulch you will need, it will be easier to know how much to purchase.

How to Lay the correct Mulch

Herbicides that are pre-emergent

If you apply an herbicide that is pre-emergent, it's important to apply it before the plant's weeds begin to appear. Pre-emergents require 0.5 inches of rain or irrigation to activate their effects. Landscape professionals typically recommend that pre-emergent herbicides are applied in the 60-70 degree range. However an University of Missouri study has concluded that 55 degrees are the optimal temperature to achieve best results. Always follow the instructions of the manufacturer and keep track of the weather.

Pre-emergent herbicides should be applied prior to the temperatures rising above 55 degrees. This is significant since it is the temperature at which the seeds of cold weather begin to sprout. Pre-emergents can be found in liquid and granular formulations and work in much the same method to prevent seeds of weeds from sprouting.

Preparing the soil

Before you put down the mulch in your garden, be sure that you prepare your soil. Begin by removing any debris from your garden bed or shrubs. Then, use a shovel to move the soil over in order to open it up and supply the soil with moisture. Then, apply a weed repellent to keep unwanted weeds away. After mulching, you can apply more mulch to the beds as needed to ensure they look even.

To ensure your soil is prepared to be mulched, apply fertilizer. Fertilizer can be applied either in autumn or spring to most species of plants. Spring fertilizer can help make your flower beds pop. For annuals, choose a water-soluble fertilizer. You may also apply an herbicide that is pre-emergent to keep weeds at bay or to stop them from growing. Once you've prepared the soil, rake the surface until it's flat.

Spreading mulch

Mulch is spread manually provided you have the appropriate tools. You'll need pitchforks, a shovel and a rake made of steel to spread mulch by hand. Essential Home and Garden recommends the use of a wheelbarrow along with a steel tine rake. The wheelbarrow must be filled with mulch. Then, you can use the rake for evenly distributed. To prevent slipping over the mulch, use a face mask while spreading the mulch.

If you're unable 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 for rental for as long as is needed, and returned to The Home Depot when you're finished. In addition to mulching, you can make use of yard waste to create your own. The mulch made of wood waste is a great source.

Calculating how much mulch you will need to buy

The first step to lay mulch is to determine how much you need. For this, you need to calculate the square footage you need to cover the area you're laying mulch on. Divide the area's width and length by 3.14 feet to calculate the square footage. Make use of a conversion chart convert feet into inches. Add these two numbers to determine how much mulch you will need.

To determine the quantity of mulch needed, divide the total surface by the desired thickness in inches. A layer of mulch that is 1 inch thick would cover approximately 324 square feet. Three cubic yards is required for a yard to be covered with mulch that is two inches thick. This is the most commonly used method to estimate the quantity required. However, you'll need to consider any other landscaping features that aren't visible on the drawing.

Beware of weeding under the mulch

Mulch is a crucial element to keep weeds away from your yard. But, not all mulches are made to be the same. Many of them are made with low-quality materials like straw and grass clippings. Some of them are made of sawdust and wood chips. This mulch lets weeds develop, so make sure to select the right mulch to your garden.


Wood chips and bark mulch are great options for controlling the growth of weeds beneath mulch. These materials should not be sprayed by tree trunks since they degrade slowly. Grass cuttings may also be mulched, however, ensure that they are wilted prior to laying them on. If you're worried about the possibility of attracting snails, you can make a roll of newspaper and then weigh it down with soil or rocks. If your garden is big enough, consider using coarse chipped bark mulch between shrubs and trees. It doesn't easily blow away and it slows down as it breaks down. In addition to mulching the roots of your plants an overcoat of sawdust or hemp matting is a good choice for areas that are large between trees and plants.

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