If your garden is messy and wild, perhaps it’s time for a mulch garden makeover. Of all the gardening tips out there, using mulch wisely is the easiest way to achieve a manicured look for the least expense. By cutting down wild bushes and trees and mulching them on the spot, you can save even more on your mulch garden makeover. Edging your lawn will complete the manicured look. And spreading flowers with planters in key spots will add color and beauty. Using Mulch in your garden offers a quick and easy solution for covering tree stumps, rocks, unleveled land, or other parts of your garden that look neglected and ugly.
My garden makeover looked hopeless when I began, and I’ve included photos with this article to show you the results after my mulch garden makeover. The before pictures seemed quite hopeless. And yet, trimming trees, then laying canvas and mulch, followed by lawn edging created a beautiful garden makeover to rival the finest gardens in my neighborhood. Here are the steps I took to achieve this beautiful mulch garden makeover transformation at a minimal cost.
Cut Down Wild Bushes and Trees
You might be hesitant to cut down living bushes or trees, and yet when planning your mulch garden makeover it’s best to take a few steps back and look at the big picture. Is your curb appeal diminished because your bushes are too high? Is your front door hidden completely by drooping tree branches? Wild vegetation ceases to add beauty to our garden and instead makes it seem neglected, like a haunted house.
Begin by pruning bushes slowly, always working to achieve symmetry. Spring, early summer and fall are the best times to prune. After beginning your garden makeover, take a few steps back to see if pruning is sufficient to improve the beauty of your yard. If not, consider cutting down trees or bushes that cause the garden to seem crowded.
Mulch Your Own Mulch
You can hire a professional to mulch down your cut wood. In this way you can save money twice: first by eliminating the need to haul cut vegetation away; second by mulching your garden with mulch you created on the spot.
In the event that you must order mulch, do so by visiting local gardening and mulch providers online. Search for them by your zip code or city name. You’ll be asked to order your mulch by the yard. 1 yard is equal to 3 feet, so a square yard will cover 3 x 3 feet, which is a total of 9 feet. Remember that when you lay mulch it will become compact over time, especially after getting wet. It’s important to lay mulch thickly so as to cover the canvas you lay beneath the mulch. When ordering mulch, find out what the delivery cost is and compare it between companies before ordering.
Yard Canvas Beneath Your Mulch Garden
You’ll find cheap yard canvas at Costco. When creating your mulch garden edging simply cut the canvas in the shapes you would like to lay in your yard. Use the metal stakes that come with the canvas to secure it to the ground. Once you lay mulch over the canvas it will disappear from sight, but still prevent weeds from growing under your mulched garden. If you live in high moisture areas, however, it’s a good idea to spray the canvas with weed or plant killer before laying the mulch, or weeks will grow over the canvas, secured by the moist mulch.
Trim the Lawn Around Your Mulch Garden Borders
To complete the manicured look of your mulch garden, use an edge trimmer along the mulched areas to separate the lawn from the mulched spaces. The trim will make a beautiful contrast to the mulched borders.
Enhance Your Mulched Borders
Plant flowers inside the mulched areas by cutting holes through the canvas. Or plant flowers in planters, and scatter them over the mulched areas. In the pictures accompanying this article you can see the ways in which my mulched garden was enhanced by the use of flower planters. And for my wild roses I build an affordable rose trellis, which create a beautiful backyard garden for sitting and reading in the afternoon.