How To Landscape With Bark Mulch?


You can simply spread it evenly across the ground and around plants. Just make sure that you don’t add too much mulch.An inch or two of it will be sufficient for any plant or grass. Just choose the mulch carefully, especially if your plants prefer neutral or alkaline soil because some bark mulch can add acidity.


Spread the bark mulch in an even layer around the base of trees and over exposed soil. Be careful not to cover any trunks or young plants, as this will inhibit their growth. Use a rake to spread the bark mulch evenly. Bark mulch is cheap to create, easy to spread and good for the environment.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do you put down bark mulch?

How to Lay Bark Mulch

  1. Pull up weeds or shallowly cultivate the area you intend to mulch.
  2. Spread the bark mulch loosely so it creates a layer 2 to 4 inches thick. ...
  3. Pull the mulch 6 inches back from any plant trunks or stems.

Can plants grow through bark chippings?

Your bark chippings will be best just laid on top of the ground, nature will do the rest. Get the first plantings in and then lay it if you choose to do so. The plants will certainy grow through it, even the smallest of bulbs - in fact I have a snowdrop and a crocus that appear to have grown through concrete!!

Is it OK to put bark mulch around plants?

Bark mulch applied too deeply around plants can cause plant injury by reducing soil oxygen. To prevent this, apply small chips in layer about 1 to 2 inches thick and larger chips about 3 to 4 inches deep. Don't use bark mulch in beds where you grow annuals because you need to turn that soil over each year.

What can I use as mulch in my garden?

If budget is an issue, layers of newspaper laid over the bare soil and then covered with decorative landscape chips provide the same benefits as any other mulch. Whether you are using wood, bark or coconut husk chips as mulch in the landscape and garden, the simplest way to keep them in place is to get them wet.

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