DOES your garden look scruffy? Are there more weeds than plants in your garden beds? Is your yard in need of a quick pick me up?

Question: when was the last time you mulched?

Mulching really does make all the difference when it comes to turning a scruffy garden into a sophisticated garden, when your garden beds are overrun by weeds or when your yard is in need of a quick make-over.

Quick, easy and relatively cheap, mulching instantly creates a finished look in your garden, turning even the scruffiest of beds into sophisticated ones.

Mulching will also help keep those weeds in your garden beds down, meaning your garden beds will be a feature for your plants, not weeds.

And mulching provides a quick fix to making your yard look more presentable, instantly finishing off your yard and making it look neat and tidy.

Just look at the before and after photo of a garden bed we mulched in Mackay above.

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How to mulch

Mulching is relatively quick but there are still a few basic steps to take your non-mulched yard to a professionally looking mulched-yard.

1. Clean up your garden beds

Pick up any rubbish or garden matter clogging up your garden beds. Things like broken pots, palm fronds, tree branches, twigs or excess piles of leaves.

2.Weed your garden beds

Using tools like a trowel, shovel and even a screwdriver, dig out any weeds growing in your garden beds. Some weeds you might need to pull out by hand. Take care not to strain your back if you get a particularly tough weed to pull out.

Remove as much of the weed’s root system as possible and discard the weeds responsibly. Some weeds might need disposing of specially. Any concerns, contact our local council or Queensland Government Department of Environment and Science.

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3. Re-level your garden beds

If the soil in your garden beds is all over the place – high in some places, low in others – use a rake to re-level the soil so it is as even as possible.

Unlevel soil can lead to drainage issues or cause puddling in areas of your garden bed. So pay particular attention to the soil around tree trunks and plant stems.

4. Water your garden beds

Mulching moist soil will help lock in the moisture and keep plants in the garden bed hydrated while your mulch settles.

Before spreading your mulch, give your garden a thorough spray with the hose. This is especially important during hot summer months and obviously less important when it has been raining.

5. Spread your mulch

Firstly, and most importantly, when it comes to spreading mulch take care to not injure yourself.

Mulch can be heavy. Use a wheelbarrow or tarp to drag mulch into different areas for spreading.

Then, use a rake to move the mulch around the bed where possible. Spread the mulch evenly throughout the garden bed. Aim for a thickness of eight to 10 centimetres.

Avoid spreading the mulch too closely around tree trunks and plant stems, you don’t want the mulch to be directly in contact with plant tissues as this could encourage pests and diseases.
Measure 5cm from the base of a plant and start mulching from there.

Finally, level mulch looks more visually appealing and weeds could pop back up through mulch spread to thin.

Of course, if you would like us to mulch your yard for you, give us a call. Phone Budget Guys on (07) 4957 5561.