FAQ - How do I apply mulch?

Before applying any type of mulch, it is best to weed the area. Spread a layer of mulching materials over the entire plant bed. Keep mulch 2 to 3 inches away from the stems of woody plants in order to prevent decay caused by excess moisture and rodent damage. Keep mulch 6 to 12 inches away from the walls of buildings.

Subterranean termites nest in the soil and feed on materials that contain cellulose. Termite treatments are applied to the soil around buildings, so keeping mulch away from walls will prevent termites from using it as a bridge to cross treated soil.

Newly planted trees require a circle of mulch 3 to 4 feet in diameter. Maintain this for at least three yearstaking care not to pile mulch against the trunk. For established trees, create a circle of mulch about 2 feet in diameter for each inch of trunk diameter. Increase the size of the mulched area as the tree grows, keeping the mulch at least 6 to 12 inches beyond the drip-line of the tree. Because the root system can extend to two to three times the crown spread of the tree, mulch as large an area as possible.