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Insulate Your Garden With a Layer of Mulch

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Apply mulch to your garden now for protection ll The Home Depot Garden Club

Insulate your garden now with a layer of mulch for protection. This also gives your garden beds a fall facelift.

To restore your garden’s good looks, start by cleaning up edges, composting spent plants and treating gardens to a layer of mulch. A cushion of mulch prevents weeds, saves water and reduces soil compaction and erosion. 

How to Insulate Your Garden and Give it a Fall FacelifT:  

  1. Clean. Pull up old plants and weeds. Compost plants in a pile or compost bin. Discard weeds.
  2. Trim. From the edge of raised beds, trim back weeds and grasses with a spade or edging tool.
  3. Aerate. Break up and aerate compacted mulch with a spading fork.
  4. Top. Cover with a 2 to 3-inch layer of mulch such as chopped leaves or wood chips.
  5. Add. Around the base of raised beds, add a thick layer of wood chips to make mowing easier and reduce trimming.


To help you estimate how much mulch you need, visit our Mulch and Top Soil Calculator.

For raised beds where you’ll grow crops in winter, pine bark nuggets are a great choice, especially for strawberries or for fruits being grown in large containers. 


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