Updated at: 05-08-2022 - By: Sienna Lewis

When planning your next landscaping project, colored mulch is a terrific method to improve soil quality and the aesthetic appeal of your landscape. However, it’s not as simple as laying down mulch and hoping for the best. It’s important to put in some effort and have your mulch beds ready for the season for the best benefits. Learn the steps, as well as after-installation care for your mulch.

How to prepare mulch beds

1. Kill and remove weeds

Even though mulch is great for your soil, it can also promote the growth of weeds if they aren’t removed first. So, before you lay down your mulch, go around and take out any weeds you see. To speed up the process, you can either employ a chemical herbicide (weed-killer) or resort to more natural means (such as newspaper, vinegar, etc.). If you must use a chemical herbicide, wait at least two weeks before mulching to ensure that all traces of the weeds have been eliminated.

How to make a mulch bed - YouTube

2. Trim nearby trees and bushes

Many landscape designs would not be complete without the incorporation of trees and plants. However, they also produce litter in the form of seeds and natural materials like sticks and leaves. Cut down any trees or bushes that could drop branches or leaves on your mulch beds before you start laying it down.

3. Rake your mulch bed

Use a rake to clean the mulch bed’s soil of any debris, then plant seeds, grass, or wood chips. You can use this method to get rid of the cuttings and other rubbish that accumulated when you trimmed your trees and bushes.

4. Cultivate the soil

After the mulch beds have been tidied up, you can start working the soil. To aerate the soil, you can either use a hand-operated cultivator or a more powered rototiller. Mulch beds benefit from this since more air and water can reach the soil, improving its health.

5. Edge your mulch bed

This has less to do with the vitality of your plants and soil and more to do with how it looks. However, if you use a shovel or power edger to create a sharp, distinct border around your mulch bed, it will add a lot of visual interest to your landscaping.

6. Smooth out your mulch bed

Improving the aesthetic appeal of your landscaping also involves leveling off the dirt in your mulch bed with a rake or other garden equipment. You won’t have to worry about your mulch looking lumpy or uneven after installation if you do this.

7. Treat your mulch bed

Use a pre-emergent to treat the area you want to avoid having your mulch bed preparation efforts go to waste. In spite of your best efforts, some weed seeds may germinate and grow back in the mulch after you’ve already weeded the area. Weed seeds can’t germinate in the presence of a pre-emergent herbicide, so the mulch will stay in place and your soil’s nutrients will be safe.

8. Start mulching!

When you’ve finished all of these things, you can begin mulching. Amount of mulch required is calculated by multiplying the total area (in square feet) by the desired mulch depth (in inches). If you want a depth of 2 inches and your square footage is 648, you would add the two numbers together, yielding 1296. The number of cubic yards of mulch to order can be calculated by taking the square footage and dividing it by 324 (one cubic yard of mulch will cover 324 square feet at an inch depth). Here is the formula: Calculate the number of cubic yards required by multiplying the square footage by the desired depth (in inches) and then by 324.

Carving Out Mulch Beds | Young House Love

When you’re ready to mulch, apply a layer of mulch that’s about 2 inches thick across the entire mulch bed with a rake. Keep mulch away from the trunk or base of any trees or other woody plants that your mulch bed may touch. Having finished laying down your colored mulch, spray it down with water to help things settle, and then relax.

Mulch maintenance tips

To keep your mulch in pristine condition throughout the season, it will require periodic upkeep. Keep an eye on your mulch for compacted areas once a month, and if you find any, loosen them with a hand cultivator or rake. If weeds appear through the mulch, pull them out.

It’s possible that mold and fungus could be an issue. If you discover any fungus, you should get rid of it and the mulch around it. Mulch dyed with Amerimulch dyes and treated with our proprietary Plus additive should be mold- and fungus-free because the addition contains fungicides.

If the mulch in your flower beds begins to thin, you may simply add more mulch to the bed until you reach the required depth. Keeping your mulch and landscaping looking wonderful all year long is as simple as doing a few routine maintenance tasks.

Contact ChromaScape or order a free sample to learn more about our Amerimulch mulch colorants and related equipment.

Creating A Mulch Bed In Your Garden

Step 1: Gather The Required Tools

To begin clearing land, it is necessary to get the proper equipment. This is crucial if you plan on doing the mulching on your own.

The cost of hiring a professional is far more than that of renting or buying the necessary equipment.

A spade, shovel, garden rake, machete, landscape cloth, garden gloves, and a wheelbarrow are all necessary.

To prepare, dig up soil, level the bed, and spread mulch, you’ll need the right equipment.

Step 2: Choose A Spot That You Want To Mulch

Once you have all the materials you need to make a mulch bed, you can begin looking for a suitable location.

Cleating a mulch bed is the next step if there are already plants in the area. However, you will have to prepare the area if no plants are already there.

Initially, you will need to prune the trees and plants in the area. If trees or bushes are dropping their seeds in the bed, they will compete with your plants for water and nutrients.

In addition, the leaves and sticks they shed can impede your upkeep efforts.

Step 3: Create An Edge

To mulch an area, first demarcate its perimeter. A weed whacker or shovel can be used to make an edge.

Making a border around the mulch bed creates a trench that grass can’t invade.

Step 4: Get Rid Of Grass Or Shrubs In The Area

With the new edge in place, it’s time to get rid of the grass bordering the mulch bed. Since a spade is also flat and has sharp edges, it is ideal for this task.

You can also use a shovel, but you’ll have to use more force, which could get tiring.

Be careful to dig down far enough to get rid of all the roots that could become an issue later on.

Step 5: Cultivate And Smooth The Mulch Area

Cultivating the soil is the next step after removing the grass and cleaning off the bed.

But if you already have plants on the bed, you can use a garden rake to level the surface and lightly tap the hard areas of the bed to soften them.

If, however, you already have plants in the bed, you can use a garden rake to smooth out the uneven spots and a little tap to break up the hard spots.

Step 6: Treat Your Mulch Bed

The mulched area should be treated to prevent weed growth.

Because even after you mulch and nurture your plants, some weeds may sprout from the little seeds left behind. Use a pre-emergent herbicide to stops the weed seeds from developing.

Step 7: Install Your Plants

Because even after you mulch and nurture your plants, some weeds may sprout from the little seeds left behind. Use a pre-emergent herbicide to stops the weed seeds from developing.

Step 8: Put Landscaping Cloth On The Cleared Area

This is because even after you’ve mulched and grown your plants, some weeds may sprout from the microscopic seeds left behind. To prevent further growth of weeds, use a pre-emergent herbicide.

Step 9: Add Mulch

Make sure your bed has enough mulch. Putting down an appropriate amount of mulch in your bed is crucial. Fill the hole with mulch completely. Mulch beds can be as shallow as 3 inches.

Step 10: Maintain Your Mulch

Maintenance of the mulch bed is the final phase. After laying down mulch on a bed, check in on it once a week to observe the changes.

Compaction of the mulch should be checked once a month. A garden rake can be used to break up compacted mulch.

Also, keep an eye out for mold, fungus, and weeds. In the event that you find any of them on your bed, please remove them immediately.

PREP MULCH BEDS LIKE A PRO!! How to make flower beds pop! - YouTube

Tips On How To Create A Mulch Bed:

  • When preparing the ground for your mulch bed, avoid using any chemicals that damage vegetation. This strategy gets the job done, but it can put a lot of strain on the plants you develop later on.
  • If you don’t want to expend the effort necessary to manually remove the grass from the mulch area, you can do so mechanically or hire someone to do it for you. Next, use a tiller to till the dirt to a good depth. Then, use a shovel to get rid of the dirt.
  • If you don’t want to expend the effort necessary to manually remove the grass from the mulch area, you can do so mechanically or hire someone to do it for you. Next, use a tiller to till the dirt to a good depth. Then, use a shovel to get rid of the dirt.
  • You can utilize a mechanical approach, or hire someone else to do it, if you don’t want to spend the time shoveling the grass out of the mulch area. The next step is to till the soil to a reasonable depth with a tiller. The dirt can be removed with a shovel.


You’ll have better-looking plants and a healthier landscape as a result.

Create a mulch bed in your garden with these easy-to-follow instructions. In light of the foregoing, it should be clear that this is a simple task provided the proper resources are available.

A mulch bed is essential as it will not only add organic matter to the soil but also stop weed and prevent soil erosion.

Addition of organic matter to the soil is only one of the many benefits of a mulch bed; it also serves to suppress weed growth and protect the soil from being washed away.