Preparing your Beds for Mulch

Steps to Maximize the Look of your Mulch:

Kill Weeds:

Spray all weeds with weed killer 1 to 2 weeks prior to mulching. This allows weeds to completely die, making them much easier to pull.

Trim Trees and Bushes:

Because of the debris produced, be sure to trim trees and bushes before applying new mulch.

Clean out Mulch Beds:

Remove all dead leaves, weeds, and trimmings with a rake.

Cultivate:

Use a roto-tiller or hand cultivator to loosen any compacted soil or mulch. This allows moisture and air to pass through the mulch easier.

Edge Your Beds:

Landscapes with clean edges enhance the appearance and give it a professional look. Use an edging shovel or power edger to accomplish this. Tip: Use your
garden hose as a guide to create nice flowing curves.

Rake Smooth:

Use a roto-tiller or hand cultivator to loosen any compacted soil or mulch. This allows moisture and air to pass through the mulch easier.

Apply a Pre-Emergent:

This is the time to prevent weeds. Apply the pre-emergent before mulching. A second application later on ensures protection from weed seeds.

Weed Barrier:

Although optional, weed barrier, if used properly will add another layer of
protection from weeds. Make sure that your choose a fabric or spunbound fabric, which allows water and air to pass through. Never should you use plastic.

Mulch:

Using our hands or a rake, apply new mulch over the cultivated mulch or soil. Spread evenly, at depth determined, 2-4 inches, except in the case of playground mulch. When complete, water to moisturize mulch and settle it into place.

Mulch Maintenance:

After a month or so, check the mulch for compaction. If its compacted, use a garden claw or cultivator to loosen it. This allows water and air to pass though it, which prevents the growth of fungus and restores appearance.

Mulch Masters

708-889-9600
17900 Harper St.
Lansing, IL 60438

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