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Lansing, IL 60438

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Preparing your Beds for Mulch

Learn the fundamental techniques to prime your garden beds before mulching. From proper soil preparation to weed control strategies, discover the key steps to ensure your mulch application achieves maximum effectiveness and longevity.

children dig a garden bed to plant a plant

Steps to Maximize the Look of your Mulch:

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.
Because of the debris produced, be sure to trim trees and bushes before applying new mulch.
Remove all dead leaves, weeds, and trimmings with a rake.
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.
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.
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.
This is the time to prevent weeds. Apply the pre-emergent before mulching. A second application later on ensures protection from weed seeds.
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.
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.
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.
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Preparing your garden beds before mulching is essential to ensure the success and longevity of your landscaping efforts. Proper preparation sets the stage for optimal mulch performance by addressing underlying issues and creating an environment conducive to plant health. By carefully tending to soil quality and texture, you establish a solid foundation for plant growth, allowing roots to access essential nutrients and moisture more effectively.

Additionally, addressing weed growth and providing adequate drainage helps prevent competition for resources and minimizes the risk of root rot or other moisture-related issues. Overall, investing time in preparing your garden beds not only maximizes the benefits of mulching but also promotes the long-term vitality and beauty of your landscape.