Keeping an immaculate garden can be a wonderful way to improve the look of your yard or business. Still, it is not always considered easy when all is said and done. There is a fair amount of upkeep that comes with gardening, from planting and monitoring your plants to creating garden beds, hefting soil and mulch, and protecting everything from pests and persnickety eaters. Still, with the right support, knowledge and a “can-do” attitude, the garden of your dreams is attainable.
One part of tending a gorgeous garden is knowing how and when to mulch it. Mulch is typically an organic material that lays overtop of your garden, protecting the soil, giving it a uniform appearance and slowly degrading to improve the overall quality of your soil through nutrient leaching. Today, we provide information on how to properly mulch your garden, so let’s get started!
How Much Mulch Do You Need?
The first consideration you are likely to make regarding your mulch is how much you need. All our mulch products are sold by the cubic yard, so measuring the total area of your garden is a good place to start. When laying mulch, you will want to achieve a depth of 2-4 inches (5-10 cm). Using these two measurements should help you get a fairly accurate estimate of your mulch needs.
How You Should Lay Your Mulch
Start by removing any loose debris from your garden, including any old mulch. Ensure you have a level surface to lay the mulch. Now, one of the most important things to remember about laying mulch—and gardening, in general—is that it is a marathon and not a sprint. Avoid piling your mulch and trying to spread it out, as this can lead to an unequal distribution. Also, take your time to ensure an even layer is spread, which is best accomplished by hand or with a rake. Try to keep a 1-inch perimeter between your mulch and the base of any plants or trees.
How to Choose the Right Mulch for Your Garden
All the mulch products available at Soil Kings are made from organic material, like tree bark and wood chips. Our dyed products (Black Premium Mulch and Red Mulch) use vegetable-based colourants to help protect your garden. When choosing a mulch product, the main criteria is appearance, so it is hard to go wrong. If you want a more durable or dependable mulch, however, it is best to choose either Cedar (for its antifungal properties) or our Bowcrow Mulch™, which is a mixture of pine and spruce bark.
How to Avoid Common Mulching Mistakes
Mulch acts as a barrier for your soil, so it is very important to remove any contaminants before laying it, as they will suffocate the soil and cause problems with time. You should also avoid using mulch from unknown or questionable sources, as this can lead to substandard results and contaminated material. Finally, don’t forget to try out different mulches to create a diverse look for your garden.