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How to Mulch

Saving Trees from Drought and Heat

Determine mulch area
  • The sizes of the plants and turning radius of your mower determine the size and shape of the mulch area.
  • Mulch out to the drip line or edge of the widest branches, if possible.
  • Group shrubs and trees into beds, instead of mulching around individual plants, to save mowing time and unify your landscape plantings.
Eliminate weeds and turf
  • Clear all the weeds and grass from the area you intend to cover to prevent them from growing up through the mulch.
  • Pull weeds by hand or hoe them out.
  • Remove lawn grass by slicing under it with a spade, being careful to dig only into the top 2 to 3 inches of soil.
  • Shake the soil out of the turf before discarding it to maintain the soil depth around your trees and shrubs.
Spread mulch
  • Cover the cleared area with 2 to 4 inches of mulch.
  • Rake the mulch into a flattened doughnut shape.
  • Make a neat outer edge by leaving a small gap between the mulch and the edge of the surrounding lawn.
Maintain mulch
  • Replace mulch as needed during the growing season to maintain the 2 to 4 inch depth.
  • Rake up and replace organic mulch in the spring, especially around roses and fruit trees.
How To Mulch [PDF]

Informational Link

Proper Mulching Techniques - treesaregood.com

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