Spring time is quickly coming to an end and while April showers will bring May flowers, it also brings on the pesky weeds. Stop yourself from pulling weeds and breaking your back all summer long by following some simple tips to successful mulching.
- Hand held Weed Rake
- Weed Prevention Paper
- 1 Bag of Mulch for every 4 ft by 4ft area – Keep in mind that most color mulches loose their color wuickly when exposed to direct sunlight.
- Weeding- To begin your mulching project, be sure to thoroughly weed the area. Be sure to concentrate on the areas near objects such as the birdbath, decorative trim and around the area where the flowers will ultimately bloom.
- Borders- If you have borders in your flowerbed such as lumber or decorative fencing, remove before laying down the prevention paper.
- Weed Prevention Paper- Lay out your weed prevention paper being careful not to cover up spots where your plants will bloom. (If you are working in an established garden) I use the scissors to cut an “X” in the weed paper so that the plant has room to pop through and grow. Replace the borders once you have you laid out the paper. This will help keep the paper in place and create a uniform and completed appearance to your flower bed.
- Mulch- Once your borders are back in place, you can begin laying out the mulch. As long as there are no flowers blooming, this process is a cinch. I prefer to dump the bag in one heaping pile in the area I am working. I slowly pull back enough mulch to cover each section moving into the pile. If you have selected color mulch, you will want to use the hand rake to gently fold the faded mulching under the more vibrant mulch under it.
- Repeat the mulching step for each bag- Make sure to keep the mulch at least 3-4 inches deep. At this height, you have the best protection against recurring weeds.
The mulch will help to maintain the water during the hot summer days. Water plants after the heat of the day or when the sun changes location to prevent burning plants. I also try to water at least an hour before sunset to allow the water time to penetrate the mulch. In worst case scenario, you can water during the heat of day if you are careful not to allow the water to saturate the flower, its leaves or any other part exposed to direct sun. The mulch will hold the water and allow it to seep into the flowerbed.