Pro Tip: Use a dyed mulch to have your mulch bed retain its color all year long!
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First, pull all the weeds you can find by hand that is directly residing in the area of your mulch. Any additional weeds that are exposed around the area should also be sprayed with a common herbicide or weed killer that contains glyphosate (most common weed killers contain this). Finally, you’ll want to apply a granular pre-emergent product to the mulch bed to prevent future weeds from growing. You can purchase a pre-emergent granular product at your local garden store
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There are several reasons why weeds may be breaking through your mulch bedding. Follow our tips below to discover the reasons why and the best ways to prevent them from showing up again in the future!
If you already have planted your mulch and are seeing weeds growing through it, this could be for a number of reasons. It could be that your mulch is low quality, your bed isn’t thick enough, or your mulch is older and breaking down. Regardless of the cause, you’ll want to start by manually dealing with the problem
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Once you have planted all trees, shrubs, or bushes in the area you will want to cut the fabric to size before you begin the mulching process. Since the material is relatively thick it should be easy for you to cut and shape it to fit perfectly in the location. Once in place, you’ll want to spread mulch as normal and cover the fabric completely. This will help to prevent weeds for up to 5 years depending on the type of landscaping fabric you purchased.
Mulch is great for your landscaping needs — it can help to preserve moisture, improve the fertility and health of your soil, and add some aesthetic appeal to your front or backyard. Another main reason mulch is purchased is to prevent the growth of pesky weeds from terrorizing your plants. However, why is it the case that sometimes even after mulching that weeds can still grow through?
Here are a few strategies for preventing weeds from popping up in your mulch:
We all know how tenacious weeds can be. They thrive on the very same things your garden does: sunlight, water, and nutrients in the soil. Weeds take pretty much any opportunity to grow and aren’t picky about where they take root. As plant-based mulch decomposes, it provides an attractive, nutrient-rich environment for weeds to take root.
How Can I Prevent Weeds in My Mulch?
As experienced gardeners know, fighting weeds is a never-ending battle. They seem to pop up no matter what you do. But there are proven strategies for preventing them, and mulch is one of the best tools available. Working with a professional for your landscaping needs, including mulch application, is the best way to make sure your weed control program works.
We often find weed seeds in old or contaminated mulch. Seeds can also get distributed by birds or wind into new beds.
Why Do Weeds Grow In Mulch?
If weeds start popping up in mulch, we want to tackle them before they can seed and spread. If you’re pulling weeds by hand, make sure you get the whole weed, including the root. Applying a pre-emergent herbicide is also an option. One approach is a commercial weed-killer like Roundup, which contains the chemical glyphosate. Some gardeners prefer a more natural approach, using a mixture of vinegar, salt, and dish soap to kill weeds as they grow.