Take a look at your gardening to-do list for spring. Do you have mulching on your list? If not, it's a good idea to pencil it in. Putting down mulch in the month of May gets your yard and garden ready for the hot temperatures and blazing sunshine of summer. This week, I have some more reasons why you should mulch in the spring as well as how to go about it.
Reasons to Mulch Your Yard in the Springtime
When you put down a layer of mulch, it absorbs moisture. This moist layer protects your plants from the harsh sunlight and high temperatures of summer. Another reason to mulch in the spring is to prevent weed growth. You don't want to spend a lot of time pulling weeds in the spring, right? Mulch prevents sunlight from reaching the weeds, so they don't grow. In addition, a layer of mulch stops soil from washing away during rainstorms. The nutrients in the soil help plants and flowers to flourish.
How to Mulch
If you've never put down mulch before, the first step is to figure out where you want to put it. Your garden is an excellent place for mulch. Many people put it around trees and shrubs. If you have a walkway, think about putting mulch down as a border or even between concrete stepping stones.
The next step in the mulching process is preparing the spot. For instance, if you're putting mulch around a tree, lay down a circular border of stones or bricks. This border allows you to put down mulch in an even way around your tree and keeps it from tumbling into the grass. Make a border for your flower beds, garden, or anywhere else you plan to mulch. I like the idea of using the same type of border material around trees and flower beds. I think it brings even more harmony to the look of a landscape.
After creating your border, it's time to get some mulch. You can go to any garden store or big-box store with a garden department to purchase an appropriate amount of mulch. Organic is the best option because it adds nutrients to the soil as it breaks down.
Now, it's time to spread the mulch! Put on your gardening gloves and dump a bag or two of mulch into your wheelbarrow. Using a wheelbarrow makes it easy to transport mulch to different areas of your yard. Whether you're putting mulch around trees, shrubs, or flower beds, make sure the ground is completely covered. You can spread it easily and evenly with a garden hoe. Taking the time to spread mulch carefully around the base of each plant makes it look even neater.
What to Avoid
- Avoid mulching plants not yet rooted in the ground. The mulch can suffocate them instead of helping them grow.
- Don't put mulch down over leaves, trimmings, and weeds. Clear this debris out before putting down a layer of mulch.
- Don't dump mulch onto the ground in a large pile. The goal is to put down an even layer that covers the ground.
Along with all of the above benefits of mulching, it can make your yard and garden look even more attractive during the spring and summer months. Thanks for reading. - Alan