Learn How to Install Mulch this Spring
Most homeowners try to beautify their gardens when spring rolls around. This is great, however there are many people who make mistakes in their spring landscaping tasks. One of the biggest issues is when homeowners apply mulch incorrectly. Read on for our tips on how to install mulch perfectly.
Mulch can add a great deal of aesthetic beauty to your garden. It can provide a pop of color at the base of your garden beds and can also be used to suppress weed growth. To reap the benefits of mulching, it is important to spread the mulch properly. You can prevent weed growth, mulch buildup, and grass intrusion by following our tips on how to install mulch.
Here is a list of steps to follow for a perfect mulch installation.
Step 1: Weed the Beds
It is true that mulch can suppress weed growth by smothering them and preventing them from receiving any sunlight. However, you need to maximize this weed suppression by thoroughly clearing out the existing weeds before you mulch.
Hand-pull weeds out of your garden beds prior to adding the mulch. Make sure to pull the weeds out by the roots so that they don’t grow back. Doing this will extend the amount of time your mulch will look clean over the spring and summer.
Step 2: Trim Hedges
If you have shrubs in your garden beds, make sure to trim them before you add mulch. Since trimming hedges leaves clippings in your garden beds, it looks messy on top of a new layer of fresh mulch. Prevent this by trimming your hedges before you put in the mulch so that you can cover and hide any left-over, smaller clippings.
Step 3: Remove Debris and Old Mulch
Landscape beds often collect all kinds of debris: sticks, hedge clippings, and leaves. You’ll want to remove as much of this as possible. You should also remove any old mulch remaining from last year. This maintenance helps prevent debris and mulch from building up year after year in your beds.
Step 4: Edge the Bed Lines
This is a crucial step that many homeowners don’t know how to do. You need to edge the grass lines along your landscape beds to prevent the grass from growing into the mulch. You may need to hand-pull grass runners out of the beds that have already begun growing. Don’t forget to periodically edge your mulch beds throughout the growing season.
Step 5: Install Mulch
Finally, your garden beds are prepped and now you can add the mulch to your landscape areas. Try to spread the mulch with a hard rake so that it is evenly applied across the area. Importantly, make sure to leave some space up against the foundation or walls of any buildings. Packing mulch up against a building can sometimes lead to a termite infestation.
Step 6: Blow the Lawn Off
Use a backpack or handheld blower to blow any loose mulch chunks off of the lawn and concrete surfaces and back into the landscape beds where the mulch was added. This is a basic landscaping task that will add a finishing touch to your mulch job.
A mulch installation is a great home improvement task in the spring. Make sure to install mulch correctly for that clean look you are seeking. Following our instructions on how to install mulch will help you to make your mulch beds look great all season long.
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