Landscaping with Mulch
Spring has sprung and it’s time to spruce up the outside of your home! As you work on your flower garden, consider how mulch can help you reach your garden goals. Mulch can help cut back on the number of weeds that grow, hold in the moisture of the soil, and regulate the soil temperature. So, how do you landscape with mulch? Learn more from Wright Building Center.
When mulching your flower bed, keep in mind that you should choose a mulch color that will complement the color of your home as well as the color of the flowers. A dark-colored mulch will help your brightly colored flowers pop!
Landscape fabric used in conjunction with mulch helps to cut down on weeds. When selecting a landscape fabric to use, make sure that you select a fabric that is water and air permeable. A plastic “fabric” can suffocate your plants.
Newly laid mulch should be laid at one inch thick and should not exceed 2 inches thick for plants such as perennials and annuals. Trees and shrubs can have up to 3-4 inches of mulch. Be sure to not push the mulch all the way up against the base of the plant.
Applying Your Mulch
Start with your mulch in a wheelbarrow and place mulch piles across your garden. Use your shovel or trowel to spread the mulch piles evenly across the garden, remembering to not push the mulch up against the base of the plant.
If you are re-mulching a previously mulched area, you should remove some of the old mulch before you add the new mulch. This way, your garden bed will remain at a normal height.