In addition to making your flower garden more aesthetically pleasing, mulch helps your garden thrive through inhibiting weed growth, holding in moisture, and helping to keep a moderate soil temperature. Mulch also keeps plant roots cooler through summer months and helps to prevent frost heaving, which is the ground pushing plants out of the soil as it expands due to rising and falling temperatures. Here are a few tips to keep in mind while planning your mulch project this spring.
Choose a mulch color that goes with the exterior of your home. Darker mulch can be a good contrast to brightly colored flowers.
If re-mulching, be sure to remove some of the old mulch before adding new. This will help keep the landscape at a normal height, as well as make sure you are setting your garden up for the best possible growing conditions.
If you’re using landscape fabric, stick to
fabrics that are water and air permeable. Plastic tarps do not let air and
water through. They may even suffocate your plants. Landscape fabrics are
created to reduce weed growth, so they are very helpful when adding mulch to a
It’s recommended that newly laid mulch be about
one inch high, no more than two inches for perennials and annuals. Bigger plants
like trees and shrubs can have three to four inches of thickness. With any type
of plant, it’s important to keep mulch away from the plant base usually about
one inch. This will help the plant breathe and keep pests and disease from
Use a wheelbarrow or garden cart to transport mulch to each area of your garden. Once your mulch piles are placed throughout the garden, a shovel or trowel can be used to spread the mulch over the root area (remember- not flush against the plant!). In areas where plants are widely spread out, use a rake to spread the mulch. This will allow for an easy, even coverage.
When laying your mulch, place thin layers of mulch watering each layer as you go to make sure your mulch is heavy and will stay in place. You can also add landscape edging to your garden with pavers, wood, brick, plastic, or stone.
Another option is trenching around your flower garden in the hopes that any washed-out mulch will be caught in the trench before going into your yard. Once in the trench, mulch can easily be raked back into place.
Now you’re ready to take these seven mulch tips
and spruce up your curb appeal. Make sure you have all of the right tools
before you start your project, it’ll speed up the entire process. Happy
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