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HOW TO MULCH A NEW LANDSCAPE

I like to start with what I know and

then work towards what I don't know I

want to take the formality of the house

and the informality of the woods and

kind of make the to combine like to show

you how not to mulch around a tree

the suspect that I see very few

landscapers Dylan you want to make sure

to have variation in your height look at

how lovely this is we just keep the

butterfly to come in we're all set to go

ahead and start mulching the gardens and

before I do that I just want to mention

that the weather has changed it's now

turned to we had some showers actually

sat in the truck for ten minutes or so

so I'm happy to say that the sun's not

out anymore but the humidity is actually

kicked up a bit so I'm soaked yet again

the mulch we're going to be spreading

today this is pure hemlock mulch which

is what I use for most of my jobs you

know over the years I've started with

the dyed products and then I've moved up

to the pine mixes and I just really like

the hemlock mulches so for most of the

jobs I do I end up using hemlock if

people are really concerned about

insects I'll do a cedar bark mulch and

then you know those are really the only

mulch as I use if I had somebody with

like a large woodland planting I would

consider another type of mulch maybe one

of the dyed mulch Azure the pine spruce

mixes pine spruce there's nothing wrong

with it for like a foundation planting

but I just personally I like the fine

texture of the hemlock I like the dark

color of the hemlock and I like the way

it holds its color and if it ever if the

color ever starts to fade all you need

to do is just turn it a little bit and

you'll you'll turn it and you'll bring

that round back what I do is

put leave a pitchfork in the truck and

leave a pitchfork where I'm spreading so

I don't have to carry the pitchfork in a

wheelbarrow it kind of bounces around a

bit in it it's just more focused more

thought than I'd like to you know give

to the process so I'll always leave one

one in the truck and and one in the bed

or you know if you have a pile one in

the pile and I think you saw how nice it

was to go ahead and dump out of the back

of the truck through this through this

little chute and it's funny when I

bought my truck I specifically asked

them this was like a truck package and I

asked them not to put this I think they

call it a coal chute but I asked them

not to put that in and boy I am so glad

they didn't listen to me because I mean

I can take gravel out of this I can take

topsoil out of this truck and all you

have to do is just push it a little bit

there's like no no muscles involved

whereas if I had this all done this is

eight yards of mulch I've got here if I

had all this dumped on the driveway I'd

have to shovel it pick it up into the

wheelbarrow dump it and then shovel it

again so boy this this door is so nice

so if you if your spec'ing out a truck

and you can get a door on your truck I

think it's really a wonderful thing to

have my truck is what's known as a low

pro truck a low-profile

it's got nineteen and a half inch tires

which most trucks this size have twenty

two and a half inch tires so the back of

the truck is like three or four inches

lower and it's just the right height

where I can get the wheelbarrow under

the tailgate and I can still reach over

I'll go through and I'll dump

wheelbarrow loads in the beds anywhere

from three to four apart feet apart and

I'll usually do half wheelbarrow loads

because a full wheelbarrow load is too

much then you get these kind of mounds

in the bed so I'll dump on three to four

feet apart wherever there's room and

then I'll go back and I'll take my other

pitchfork and spread the piles out so we

leave two or three inches of mulch

that's all we want in the beds

we've already spread the the piles of

most through the garden of you know

about three to four feet apart half a

wheelbarrow this bed is pretty tight

with perennials so I ended up putting

smaller piles closer together the other

thing I'll do which I mentioned when I

was spreading the topsoil is I always

leave a wheelbarrow mulch nearby full so

if I need more I don't have to go grab

it and come back

it just keeps the process moving a

little bit smoother and given the choice

I'd rather spread my piles of mulch too

far apart and too close together because

it's very easy to end up over mulching

your gardens so I'd rather have a little

bit too much space and then I can always

just put a little bit more in then have

too much and either have to take my fork

and shovel some out or you know just end

up putting too much mulch the rule of

thumb for mulching is you want to keep

six inches to 12 inches from the edge of

all your trees and shrubs with the mulch

it's the best thing you can do you don't

want to have the most touching the trees

and shrubs because then your rodents

will get in there they'll start eating

the bark of the trees and shrubs and

you'll keep the bark constantly moist

which will invite disease so trees and

shrubs six or 12 inches and try to taper

it down when you get near the edge of

the trees and shrubs try to taper it

down a bit with perennials I don't

usually worry too much

I'll taper it down a touch but if I

touch the perennials I don't get as

concerned because most perennials will

do perfectly fine with the most touching

them I'll just use my pitchfork like a

rake to kind of push that mulch around

and smooth it out if there's too much it

can pick it up with the fork and put it

somewhere else or put it back in the

wheelbarrow but you just start at the

back of the bed work your way forward

and you you spread that mulch now if

it's your first time mulching you

the pitchforks not going to be a really

natural thing for you so if that's the

case don't be afraid to grab a leaf rake

and turn it upside down and drag it

across the mulch to smooth it out that's

perfectly fine too whatever works for

you at the edge of the gardens there's

two different ways you can go

you can either mulch the same height as

the dirt on the edge of the bed or taper

your mulch down a bit and that way it's

going to be a little bit easier you can

take a weed whacker and redefine that

edge a few times through the season keep

things looking real life

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so that's basically the gist of mulching

a new garden now if I was Remo Qing

these gardens I don't actually dump the

mulch I just leave it in the wheelbarrow

I put a light top dressing on top and

I've got some other videos about that if

you if you do a search on how to remote

your garden you'll see those videos so

I'll just work my way around the gardens

and just and just do exactly what I

showed you here there's always going to

be areas where things have to be a

little bit different over by where the

vinca is I'm just going to use my

pitchfork to put the pitchfork pitchfork

loads in the garden and then probably

move the plants with my hand and push it

over here with my other hand or the

pitchfork because that Vinc is very

close and then on the side of the stoop

the other side of the stoop it's a very

small bits over there I'll probably just

scoop it out with a pitchfork or even

just take my hands and pick it up and

work over there now the bed between the

two houses the plants are little farther

apart and it's all woodies so over there

I can probably just dump a little bit

larger you know two loads two half

wheelbarrows each and work my way

through the bed you kind of have to

improvise as you go a couple things to

keep in mind though and especially like

on this hillside make sure you leave a

pest if you've got a large bed make sure

you leave a path so you can get through

the bed with the wheelbarrows

you know don't just dump a wheelbarrow

load right the front of the bed which is

also the ideal way to get to the back of

the bed I know it seems silly but for

the new guys it happens and the other

thing is when I'm done you know like

today that the plants are wet so the

mulch are sticking to some of the plants

but when I'm done what I do is I put the

leaf blower on and then I'll go ahead

and blow off the edge of the bed I'll

blow off the gravel in case I got any on

the gravel and then I'll just do a very

light blow blowing of the plants to

where I spilled mulch on them and it's

it's really it's amazing how much

cleaning up you can do in a short time

and even if I had some stepping stones

and I put some moss on the stepping

stones I know it sounds weird coming for

me because I usually I'm very set in my

ways but but when mulching I be careful

but I don't worry too

much if I spill a little bit on the

grass or even like the stones over here

because you just put a leaf blower on a

very light breeze it'll blow it right

off and it's much easier to give it a

quick blow than it is to you know hand

place each piece of mulch new gardens

two to three inches of mulch usually

it's closer to two it really depends but

two to three inches never more than

three inches of mulch three inch more

than three inches is too much work your

way through and you're going to do fine

you