How to Mulch

If that corner garden has become an unsightly jungle, this guide will help control those weeds while protecting your plants from the summer heat.

You will need

  • Grass clippings
  • Dead leaves
  • Bark chips
  • Compost
  • Inorganic mulch
  • Fertilizer
  • Manure
  • Wire tomato baskets

Step 1 Choose mulch type Choose either organic mulch that will provide your garden with nutrients or inorganic mulch that can withstand the elements and not decompose.

Step 2 Collect organic mulches at home Collect organic mulches around your yard such as grass clippings, dead leaves, bark chips, and composted fruits and vegetables from the kitchen.

Step 3 Purchase inorganic mulch Purchase inorganic mulch such as crushed stone, plastic chips, and glass beads from home and garden centers.

Step 4 Time your application Mulch after the ground has warmed as covering the soil too early could trap cold, moist air; it can also stunt plant growth and allow diseases to flourish.

Step 5 Weed and aerate soil Weed and aerate the soil before applying your mulch. Mix in any fertilizer or manure at this time.

Step 6 Protect small plants Protect small plants and seedlings using wire tomato baskets and keep 1 inch of open soil around the plant.

Step 7 Apply correct amount Apply 2 to 4 inches of bark, wood chips, and grass clippings. Apply 3 to 4 inches of leaves and compost. Reinforce over the season and enjoy the favor you’re doing your garden.