Learn what you should be doing this spring when mulching in your garden.



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Gravel and paver path betwen two flower beds with wood chip mulch covering ground around plants.

Today’s Topic: 

Spring Mulching Reminders

In this podcast, you’ll learn what you need to do and look out for when spreading new mulch this spring. You don’t want to miss out on this week’s DIY Garden Minute podcast.


What You’ll Learn:

  • What to do before you mulch and why it’s important.
  • How thick and how much mulch to spread.
  • Resources and links for more information.



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Reminders When Mulching this Spring

Mulching any time of year is very important for so many reasons, but in the Spring it’s important because

  • this is a great time to replenish your garden soil with nutrients,
  • to keep improving your soil’s structure, and
  • to keep any weed seeds from germinating.


A maintained mulch layer will make it much harder for weeds to germinate and get established AND you get a refreshed look for your garden. Win-Win, Right!   Here are Allison and my spring mulching reminders for you:

  1. Weed any areas BEFORE you spread any mulch.

    • Having a freshly weeded bed increases your success of fewer or no weeds to deal with later on this spring or into the summer.
  2. Only add and spread enough mulch to maintain your normal thickness of mulch in your garden.

    • If you add too much you can stress your plants.
    • If you add too little you will not get the total benefits of mulching with replenishing soil nutrients, soil building, or weed suppression.
  3. Spread your new mulch to about 2 inches away from any plants in your garden.

    • If you spread mulch all the way up to a plant’s stem or slightly bury the stems or base of the plant it can lead to moisture collection, increased disease, and pest habitat.
    • If you place mulch too far away from your plants, weeds can get established easier and your plant roots won’t have as much root insulation as they could have.


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Learn what you should be doing this spring when mulching in your garden.