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A professional's guide to applying mulch
15th March 2021

A professional's guide to applying mulch

Mulching is one of the best things you can do for certain areas of your garden as you can use it to add a natural-looking ground cover that suppresses weeds and improves moisture retention while stabilising the temperature of the soil underneath. This helps the soil preserve and provide its healthy nutrients for the plants you grow in and around the mulch and while preventing unwanted weeds from sprouting.

While mulching seems a simple task on the face of it, there are some tips that professional gardeners and landscapers use to ensure mulch is applied perfectly. Here is a quick guide to making the most of your mulch.

 

How Much Mulch to Use

The first tip is to make sure you have enough mulch to do the job properly as layering too thin or too thick can diminish its effectiveness. Mulching with landscape bark usually requires a depth of around 5cm, or two inches, so you may be able to make a rough calculation by eye if the area is not so large.

For bigger jobs, you can use a garden mulch calculator to get a accurate estimate of how much you need for your purposes. You enter the shape of the area you are mulching and its dimensions, and the calculator will let you know how many bulk bags of bark mulch you will need to buy.

 

Preparing the Ground

A good layer of bark mulch will certainly suppress weeds, but first you will need to get rid of the ones that have already started growing. A good weeding session of the area to be mulched is the first preparation step, then you should clear away any debris such as twigs and leaves so the mulch has a smooth surface to be laid upon.

Look out for any peaks and troughs in the soil which should be filled or flattened so they don’t cause unnecessary dips and bumps in the mulch layer. Also make sure the plants you want to keep are healthy and their roots are well covered by the topsoil.

 

Spreading the Mulch

Spread the bark mulch in the designated area and aim for that two inch covering. You should also leaves a few inches of bare topsoil around the base of each of the plants growing in the mulched area, as layering it right up to the trunk or stem can damage the plant.

Once the mulch has been laid, go over it and check for any areas where it is too thinly spread, as a sneaky weed might be able to pop up through any areas that haven’t received the full two inches.

 

Water the Mulch

The last tip is to give the mulch a gentle watering after it has been laid. This adds weight to the mulch to help it settle in and avoid been blown around by the wind. Moist mulch also looks fresher.

 

If you require any bark mulch products or have been asking where to find garden mulch near me, then contact Springbridge via our website or call today on 0845 370 1921 for more information.