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How To Apply Mulch To Your Garden

Mulch can provide an array of benefits to your garden. Not only will it add a clean, organised aesthetic, but it can also provide nutrients for your plants, and a habitat for all kinds of insects and organisms whilst preventing weeds in the process. If you’re wondering how to apply mulch the right way, we’ve put together a step-by-step guide on the whole process

What You’ll Need


  • Shovel
  • Rake
  • Wheelbarrow
  • Hose
  • Broom


  • Mulch
  • Water
  • Gloves
  • Tarpaulin

1.     Choose The Right Mulch

First things first, it’s essential to pick the right mulch for your garden. There is a variety of different kinds of organic matter you can spread, and what you choose will depend on your land. If you’re going for a purely aesthetic look for an empty piece of land, such as a pathway, then there are a number of decorative and coloured mulches available. Alternatively, if you’re looking to prevent weeds and feed your shrubs, then there are a wide variety of organic mulches that break down over time to help fertilise the soil below.

different types of mulch

2.     Pick A Delivery Time & Prepare The Location

The second step in the process is to pick a time and place for your mulch delivery. Alternatively, you can pick up the product yourself if you have the means. However, if there is a large amount needed, then we recommend a professional delivery service to tip where needed. We advise laying down a tarpaulin on your chosen space to make cleanup easier and to avoid staining. Simply lay it down flat and add weights to the corners such as rocks, stones or bricks.

mulch being delivered

3.     Apply Mulch To Your Garden Beds

Now that your mulch has arrived and is contained to the tarpaulin, it’s time to get started applying it to the allocated areas. This is where your wheelbarrow, shovel and rake come on. Fill your wheelbarrow, making sure to follow health and safety procedures to avoid injury, and head on over to the garden beds. Tip your mulch in the desired area, and rake out an even layer. Ensure that this layer is at least 50mm (5cm) thick, ideally 100mm (10cm) to ensure adequate coverage to avoid weeds pushing their way through, providing plenty of food for the soil.

applying mulch to garden

4.     Water Your Applied Areas & Clean Up

Once you have repeated the previous step, and all your mulch is gone, it’s time to clean up and water. This is where the tarpaulin comes in handy. If you’ve been as clean as possible, you should be able to contain all the leftover debris in the plastic, roll it up and spread the remains in your garden. Afterwards, use your hose and broom to clean up any spills and to avoid staining. The final step in the process is to water your mulch thoroughly. This helps to weigh it down to avoid any bad weather blowing at about, it also binds it to the soil beneath and triggers the decaying process.

clean up after mulch

Contact Woodland Horticulture For Quality Mulch Products

If you’re looking for high-quality mulch products, then get in touch with Woodland Horticulture today. Our mulch is sourced reliably and quality-controlled to ensure you get the best organic matter for your garden. To find out more, give us a call.

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