Whether you’re planting a new tree, repotting a plant, growing vegetables, or flowers, mulching will help your plant to grow properly and healthy.
Mulching offers many advantages to plants, such as keeping the roots moist, preventing soil compaction, adding organic matter, and much more.
However, preparing a much bed is not that easy as it needs time and tools. Some people prefer to hire professionals to create a much bed, while others decide to DIY.
If you’re one of those guys who want to create a mulch bed on your own, then we will help you achieve that.
In this guide and post, we have clearly explained all the steps that you need to follow to create an excellent mulch bed for your plants. Read to the end to find out.
Creating A Mulch Bed In Your Garden
Step 1: Gather The Required Tools
The first step before beginning to clear land is to have the right tools. This is very important if you want to mulch the bed by yourself.
Hiring an expert is quite costly than hiring tools or use the ones in your store.
Some of the tools that you will need include a spade, shovel, garden rake, machete, landscaping cloth, garden gloves, and a wheelbarrow.
These tools will help you to prepare, lift dirt, level the surface, and apply mulch on your bed.
Step 2: Choose A Spot That You Want To Mulch
After assembling the right tools for creating a mulch bed, the next step is to identify the area that you want to set up the mulch bed.
If the area already has plants, you will go straight to cleating a mulch bed. But if the area doesn’t have any plant, then you will have to prepare it.
First and foremost, you will have to trim nearby trees and bushes. You don’t want any trees or bushes dropping their seeds in the bed to compete for nutrients with your plants.
Also, they can make your maintenance work difficult if they drop leaves and sticks debris.
Step 3: Create An Edge
Create an edge of the area where you want to mulch. You can use a shovel to create an edge or even a weed eater.
Creating an edge around the mulch bed helps to form a trench, which grass won’t grow into.
Step 4: Get Rid Of Grass Or Shrubs In The Area
Now that you have an edge remove the grass around the mulch bed. This can be done using a spade as it is flat and cuts into the soil.
A shovel is also fine but will need more force, which may make the process a bit tiring.
Make sure you cut deep into the soil so that you don’t leave behind a lot of roots that might cause problems in the future.
Step 5: Cultivate And Smooth The Mulch Area
After removing grass and getting rid of the dirt on the bed, you should cultivate the soil.
But if you already have plants on the bed, you can use a garden rake to level the surface and lightly tap the hard areas of the bed to soften them.
An even surface will ensure that the entire bed receives equal levels of mulch.
If your mulch bed has no plants, make sure to till the spot properly so that the mulch beds allow free circulation of air and moisture into the soil.
Step 6: Treat Your Mulch Bed
To prevent weeds from growing after mulching, you should treat your cultivated area.
This is because weeds can leave behind tiny seeds that may grow after mulching and growing your plants. Use a pre-emergent herbicide to stops the weed seeds from developing.
Step 7: Install Your Plants
When you’re done cultivating, treating, and leveling your land, the next step is to plant your crops or trees. If you already have a crop or tree, then you should move on to the next step.
Step 8: Put Landscaping Cloth On The Cleared Area
Put landscaping cloth on the mulch bed. The cloth should follow the shape of the mulch bed edge. This helps to prevent weeds or other plants from growing.
Step 9: Add Mulch
Add suitable mulch to your bed. It is essential to add the right amount of mulch to your bed. Ensure the mulch fills up the dug area. Around 3-inches depth is okay for a mulch bed.
Step 10: Maintain Your Mulch
The last step is to take care of your mulch bed. After you’ve spread the mulch on the bed, you should monitor it every week and see the progress.
Monthly, you should check the mulch for compaction. If the mulch gets compacted, loosen it using the garden rake.
Aside from that, look out for weeds, mold, and fungus. Get rid of these as soon as you see them on your bed.
Tips On How To Create A Mulch Bed:
- Don’t use grass killer to remove grass in the area that you want to set up your mulch bed. Even though this method is effective, it can stress the plants that you grow later.
- If you don’t have the energy to shovel out the grass in the mulch spot, use a mechanical method, or hire someone. Next, use a tiller to till the dirt to a good depth. Then, use a shovel to get rid of the dirt.
- If possible, use a trimmer line or string trimmer for edging instead of plastic. This method is quick and easy if you know how to use a string trimmer.
- Use Roundup to get rid of weeds that grow out of the mulch bed. Alternatively, you can also use a herbicide to get rid of the weeds.
With our step-by-step guide, you can now go ahead and create a mulch bed in your garden. It is easy if you have got the right tools and equipment, as stated above.
A mulch bed is essential as it will not only add organic matter to the soil but also stop weed and prevent soil erosion.
We wish you all the best as you create your mulch bed using our simple steps!