With Spring’s arrival comes mulch time! Since you don’t want your mulch washing away, or getting into grassy areas, taking a few steps to prepare for your new mulch can keep it looking good all season.
• Edge Your Mulch Beds – simply dig (with a straight tip shovel) a 4” trench around the edge of your mulch beds. This will keep the mulch in its place and out of the grass. In areas with stone or other edging, just make sure the edging is equal to, or higher than, the top of your mulch.
• Drainage – in any areas where downspouts protrude, run a drain tile (tube) from the downspout through the mulch bed, to just outside the mulch border. Digging a 2-3” trench for the drain will keep it from sticking out above the mulch once it is spread.
• Low-lying areas – I learned this one from experience! When putting mulch beds in low spots, run a perforated drain tile from one edge of the bed to the opposite side. Put caps on each end of the drain tile to prevent clogs. This will allow rainwater to pass through the mulch bed without water puddling in your yard!
• Weed control – pulling weeds is not the most fun way to spend summer. Put down weed barrier (available in rolls) on bare dirt before you mulch. This will eliminate over 90% of your weed problems for several years (ours has lasted 5 years so far). Then, once the mulch is spread, liberally sprinkle Preen or another brand of weed control product on top of the mulch.
One last tip: Apply the mulch 2-3 inches deep. If it’s deep enough, then you can simply turn it over in year 2 to make it look new again. Happy Mulching!
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