Do you need to re-mulch every year?
YES! A light top dressing is really all you need – about an inch is usually enough. After your initial mulching, anything more than 3 inches actually does more harm than good. Mulching not only freshens up the look of your beds, it also helps protect plants and preserve moisture – which is important EVERY season! In summer, mulch will keep plants cooler; in winter it acts as an insulator. Most people re-mulch in spring, but it can be done anytime of year.
- Turn the mulch to allow more nutrients, water and air to reach the plants. Good tools are metal rakes or pitch forks.
- Pull and/or treat weeds in the area to be mulched.
- Always leave 3-6 inches between mulch and plantings.
- Mulch to the same level as your lawn where your bed meets the grass.