1) Choose a mulch material appropriate to your job. Some factors to consider include:
Purpose: Do you want the mulch to control weeds? To cover a pathway? To reduce evaporation? Each of these is a valid reason and each way requires differences in application.
Availability: Can you use something that will be continuously available in future years or the following season?
- Permeability: A layer of fabric sheeting may discourage weeds, but it will also effect water flow.
- Biodegradability: Do you want the mulch to break down and become part of the soil, or are you looking for a decorative stone ground cover that will not break down?
- Appearance: Is the mulch going to feature in a front landscape or simply cover your vegetable garden patch for the winter?
2) Prepare the area. If there’s anything you want to do in advance of mulching, do it first.
Pull weeds or cut them close to the ground.
Enrich the soil and rototill the beds, if you plan to do so. Soil Amendments are a great addition prior to mulching!
Lay down landscaping fabric if the area you are mulching is weed infested.
Install any borders or edges around your gardens.
3) Obtain the mulch. Creative offers delivery service in trucks of all sizes for larger loads, or for tight access areas. All of our trucks offer multi-product delivery with no contamination We promote split deliveries of soil amendments and mulches, or neighbouring properties who wish to share the single delivery fee if clients live in the same proximity.
4) Transport the mulch to wherever it’s going. Using a wheelbarrow is most common, but considering using buckets, garbage can, or even bags to move the mulch from the bulk pile to your gardens. Creative also sells bagged mulch which does cost more then bulk, but makes spreading it much quicker, cleaner, and easier.
5) Add a generous thickness of mulch. The depth of mulch is really important if you want to retain moisture and prevent weed growth. Aim for at least two to four inches (5-10cm) of depth. The one place you don’t want mulch is right up against plant stems and tree trunks. Leave at least a little margin for the plant to breathe, and to help prevent moisture-depletion or water-logging problems.
6) Spread the mulch with a rake as needed for an even layer. Make sure that you leave no mound of mulch deeper then recommended, and spread the product consistently for an aesthetically pleasing outcome.
7) Simply Pull back the mulch from an area when you wish to plant something new.
8) Renew organic mulches every year. You can either promote quicker composition by mixing the older mulch into your garden soil before spreading new mulch, or place directly over top.
9) Use mulch to protect plants during the winter. You can do this by pruning certain plants back and covering them entirely with mulch. The mulch provides insulation. Roses generally prefer a thick base of mulch around the neck of the plant as they are more fragile then other species. Don’t forget to remove the mulch in spring.
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