The health and beauty of the garden do matter to everyone. The health of a person indirectly depends on the health of his garden. As a matter of fact, the right kind of mulch applied at right time in garden will help maintain and improve your garden. The use of mulch in the garden is a bit different because mulch is required to be replaced after each growing season.
By all means, mulch plays an important role in protecting your garden from different insects, weeds, and the environment if you use the right amount in your garden. Do you want to know more information about mulch and how to use mulch in your garden? In this blog, I will share this detail with you.
How to Mulch a Garden? How to Apply Mulch to Garden?
Before getting started, let me share brief information about mulch and its importance to your garden.
The first thing to remember, mulch is a dead material that is applied to living things (grass, plants) to provide nutrients and protect the soil.
Mulch helps in retaining the moisture of the soil.
At the present time, there are many types of mulch available. Mulch is mainly divided into two categories; organic and inorganic.
Before knowing how to use mulch in your garden, first know what is the right type of mulch for your garden?
After selecting the right type of mulch, now comes the problem of how to use this mulch in your garden.
Don’t worry; I have the whole procedure for you.
Tools Required to Use Mulch in Garden
Shovel: If you’ve had mulch scoops delivered to your home, you’ll need a pitchfork or shovel to put your mulch into a wheelbarrow, so you can move it around your garden.
Wheelbarrows: Wheelbarrows are great for moving mulch to different parts of your garden quickly and easily.
Steel garden rake: to break up and spread mulch in the garden, a steel rake is required.
Gloves: Wear them when you spread mulch in the garden.
Steps to Use Mulch in Garden
Following are the steps to use mulch in the garden:
- Prepare the Bed
First of all, even out the soil surface by raking it with a steel garden rake and eliminating any rocks. Then water these beds properly.
- Remove the Weeds
Before spreading mulch, make sure to remove all the weeds from the beds. It is necessary for the proper functioning of mulch. Point often overlooked use gloves for this purpose.
- Transport the Mulch
On the negative side, straw bales are huge, heavy, and difficult to transport throughout the garden. If you intend to use straw as mulch, attempt to find a partner who will assist you in transporting the bales to the gardening area. The use of a cart or wheelbarrow to transport the bales is quite convenient and economical. Straw is also unsightly, and the thick stalks can be painful to poke with. When breaking down the bales, it’s a good idea to wear gloves. For eyes, wear some eye protection to protect yourself from the dust.
- Spread the Mulch:
Once the string or wire has been removed, the straw will normally soften and self-divide into “flakes” of various sizes. As an illustration, these are compacted areas of the bale that are considerably easier to handle and spread than the loose sections. Hold a flake of straw in one hand while using the other to pull handfuls of stalks free and scatter them around the bed with your other hand. The more mulch you spread on top of each other, the more effective this mulch will be at suppressing undesired weeds.
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Tips to Use Mulch in Your Garden
- Estimate how much mulch you’ll need to use in your garden. There’s nothing more aggravating than selecting the mulch you want and realizing that you don’t have enough of it.
- Equally important, mulch shouldn’t be too thick or too thin. Mulch should be 2 to 3 inches thick when applied. Anything that is thicker than this could harbor pests, but it is also inefficient and unnecessarily expensive.
- By the same token, the thickness of biodegradable mulches should be between at least 5cm (2 inches) and at most 7.5cm (3 inches) in order to be effective.
- Mulches should be applied over moist soil after weeds have been removed, but before the soil becomes frozen.
- To emphasize, planting through mulch sheets is an effective method of establishing new beds.