Mulching: Do's - Don'ts

Ok, this post is for the DIY’ers that want to do it right and get the most return on one of the best resource you can add to your landscape. MULCH! This resource is cheap, if not free depending on your location. Here are a few important things to keep in mind when you are applying it:

  • Apply mulch in the spring and fall
  • You can add mulch in the summer if needed
  • Remove last year’s mulch
  • Remove weeds
  • Water in the mulch
  • Try to extended the mulch ring as far out as possible
  • The mulch ring should look like a donut, with a tree in the middle


  • Apply mulch to the trunk or volcano
  • Over mulch

Points to keep in mind:

  • Mulch should breakdown, good quality mulch will not last more than a year!
  • When using pine straw mulch, do not apply more than 6in thick
  • When using bark or wood mulch, do not apply more than 4in thick
  • Try to use aged mulch
  • Try to avoid colored or dyed mulch