How clean before mulching?

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by billc, Apr 5, 2005.

  1. billc

    billc LawnSite Member
    Messages: 119

    Starting my second year, and offering mulching. Looked at one property and the beds have miscellaneous stuff in them - branches, dead leaves, dead plants, perennials just coming up. I figure on removing the branches, but didn't know if dead leaves could be left and mulch placed over them. Also, could dead plants be left if the mulch would cover them?

    How clean do the beds need to be before mulching?

  2. KathysLGC

    KathysLGC LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,345

    If the leaves aren't bad I will put mulch over them. I will remove the branches and dead plants to keep them from coming up. I normally put a 3-4" layer of mulch down. The leaves break down fast under the mulch just make sure there are not near the beds edge.
  3. AEW

    AEW LawnSite Member
    Messages: 161

    It will all decompose long as the mulch will cover it then it will not hurt. Just be sure it looks satisfactory and dont worry about cleanliness of the bed before mulching.

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