How to Install Mulch

How to Install Mulch

Keep moisture in the soil and prevent weeds from growing with bark mulch to make your plants grow and thrive. Follow the step-by-step directions and learn what's involved to spread a layer of mulch.



 How to Install Mulch

How to Install Mulch

Keep moisture in the soil and prevent weeds from growing with bark mulch to make your plants grow and thrive. Follow the step-by-step directions and learn what's involved to spread a layer of mulch.

By Gene and Katie Hamilton

Tools Required

  • Hand weeder
  • Shovel
  • Rake
  • Wheelbarrow

Materials Required

  • Mulch
  • Step 1 : Prepare the area

    Before spreading a layer of mulch on a garden bed, break up the soil and pull out all the weeds. Use a hand weeder to remove weeds, roots and all. Then smooth the soil so it's level. Give the plants a good watering and let it soak in.

  • Step 2 : Spread the mulch

    Use a shovel or rake to distribute the mulch so there's an even layer of mulching material about 4-to-6 inches thick. Spread it around by hand and be careful not to smother plant stems with mulch, give them enough breathing room. Since you're working on your hands and knees, work on a kneeling pad to make the job more comfortable.

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