The installation and spreading of mulch is a very simple task that many homeowners can tackle in a matter of hours. There are various types, materials, and colors of mulch that you can get delivered to your door in the Aurora – Plainfield area. If you have not done a mulching job in the past, the following instructions will guide you to mulch like a pro.

 

5 things to avoid when spreading mulch

  • Avoid the “Mulch volcano” (fig 1) is the improper mulching technique used by many homeowners and landscapers.
  • Placing the mulch to close to the bark or stem can lead to rotting of the trunk, pests, and even unwanted diseases.
  • By piling up the mulch like a volcano around the trunk of the tree it can prevent the moisture to reach the roots of the tree/shrub.
  • By applying it 3-4 inches away from the bark, you can avoid the “mulch volcano” effect.
  • Finally, mulch should be refreshed each year to keep it looking neat, and avoiding discoloration in the flowerbed appearance.
Mulch volcano technique
Mulch volcano effect – Fig 1

 

A layer of mulch properly placed on a planting bed helps suppress weeds, retain moisture, and moderate soil temperature if placed properly. Mulch also encourages the activity of beneficial soil organisms. Now it’s time to decorate, and all across the United States, the decorating material of choice is mulch. What color will you choose?

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