How To Mulch

How To Mulch

Mother Nature doesn’t like bare ground. That’s why she uses fallen leaves and other debris, to protect the soil and nourish the plants.
Hi, I’m William Moss, and I’m going to show you how mulching can
improve the health and vitality of your garden. Mulch is a great ally. It helps stop
weeds from germinating, it also protects the soil moisture, it
moderates soil temperatures and prevents erosion. Design wise, mulch
unifies the look up a space as well. There are two types of mulches, an
organic mulch and inorganic mulch. When we’re talking about mulches, an
organic mulch is something that used to be alive, like wood chips or compost. While inorganic mulch is something that
was never alive like rocks or plastic. Organic mulches such as
pine needles, pine barks, and cedar chips, are beautiful
and they come in several different colors. So you can choose both the hue and
texture that fits your garden space. And one of the great benefits of organic
mulches is as they protect the soil they also break down and release
nutrients which feed your plants. Some of the organic mulches, like the cocoa holes and also the cedar chips, are very pleasantly scented. Now there
is the word of warning though, if you have a pet dog don’t go with the cocoa holes shells because they can be dangerous for them. The inorganic mulches, like the pea gravels, and the rocks and the stones, are both convenient and decorative. They’re
convenient because you put them down once and you don’t have to replenish them. They work great around plants like succulents and cacti, and others that require good drainage
cause water really goes right through them. Now, when you’re laying out your inorganic mulches, like your stones and your rocks, you want to make sure that you start out with
a nice landscape fabric first. That’s gonna keep the stones from
sinking down into the soil and keep the rocks up on top by the
plants where you need ’em. You want to add two to three inches of mulch
around your perennials, and about three to four around your trees and
shrubs. If you have some really tough weeds consider to plant a pre-emergent
beforehand. A pre-emergent is an herbicide that prevents
weeds from sprouting. You’ll find that some mulches already have a
pre-emergent built in. Now, when you’re applying the mulch you want to
make sure that you don’t cover the crown of the plant. So you wanna come up just to the edge here to
make sure there is space between edge of the plant and the edge of
the mulch. You want to apply your mulch in spring just as the perennials are
emerging and before the weeds get going and then again in fall to protect your
tender perennials. And it’s just that easy! Mulching is a
great natural way to get a professional looking weed-free landscape.

12 thoughts on “How To Mulch

  1. just get the rubber mulch so much better. In the long run you will be spending a lot more every years for mulch then the rubber mulch. Rubber mulch lasts up to 15 years. Then you can get more if you need to. I am getting it for our flower beds next month.

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