Mulch Bed: Making a Mulch Bed

Making a professional looking mulch bed is easy with a shovel and a relatively strong back.

Step 1: Plot the course. Lay out a long garden hose or use a can spray paint to outline the edges of the new mulch bed. Keep in mind that when it comes to gardening, curves are more natural looking then straight lines.

Step 2: Instead of spraying chemicals or clove oil to eliminate existing vegetation in the new mulch area and laying Weed Block Landscape Fabric

Step 3: Create a professional edge by using a shovel to dig a channel six to eight inches deep along the edge of the mulch bed. Be sure the outer edge of the channel is smooth and vertically straight before proceeding.

Step 4: Use the shovel to slope the inside edge of the mulch channel to a 45 degree angle. If properly done, this angle will prevent the mulch from spilling out onto the surrounding lawn area.

Step 5: Fill in the bed area with your choice of mulch. A minimum of four inches is needed to effectively block weeds from germinating below the mulch. New rubber mulches will last longer, but they are not degradable. Colored mulches can add interest to your landscape, while maintaining an environmentally friendly allure. Meanwhile, the old stand bys, cypress, cedar and pine will give you a uniform look that is easily matched year after year.

While aesthetically pleasing, a thick layer of mulch also prevents soil erosion, increases moisture retention and eliminates weed growth.

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