How To Add Mulch to Your Plants
Time Required: 2-4 hours
Use mulch in your garden to enrich soil, protect against extreme temperatures, prevent weeds and conserve moisture.
This guide shows you how to efficiently add mulch to your garden.
- Organic options include wood and bark chips, and pine straw (easy to spread and maintain). Organic mulch is great for retaining moisture and preventing weeds.
- Inorganic options include shredded recycled rubber tire nuggets and plastic sheeting. They save landfills from extra waste and serve as a barrier from weeds.
- Landscape fabric can be laid around existing plants and trees. It allows moisture and air to reach the soil and provides a long-term, inorganic option.
- Keep the depth of the mulch between 2 and 4 inches. Leave an inch or so of space surrounding plants to prevent diseases or excessive humidity.
- Install edging before spreading mulch if you think a border would add charm to your yard or garden.
- Even out your mulch with a garden rake or by hand to create the look you desire.