How to Re-Mulch Your Garden Beds Like a Pro

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Before re-mulching make sure your gardens have less than three inches of mulch. Mulch over three inches deep (click to read an article discussing this topic) does more harm than good and must be removed.

Before re-mulching turn the old mulch to allow air, water and nutrients to reach plant roots.
Use a pitchfork, metal rake or garden weasel ( to turn matted mulch.

A light topdressing of mulch is all that’s needed when re-mulching; about an inch deep. Never apply mulch over three inches deep.

Three additional re-mulching tips are:

• Leave three to six inches between trees and shrubs and mulch.
• Avoid covering perennials.
• At the edge of your garden mulch to the same level as your lawn.

I am a BIG FAN of bark mulches (click for bark mulches).

I recommend a peet product (click for Agra Peet) if your gardens have a lot of perennials.

Please tell us your favorite type of mulch and why below.

Happy gardening!

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About John

John W. Holden has been designing landscapes in Fairfield County, Connecticut, for over 19 years. John graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Connecticut with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Ornamental Horticulture.

John is an accredited Connecticut Nursery Professional through the Connecticut Nursery and Landscape Association and completed the rigorous course in Organic Land Care by the Connecticut Northeast Organic Farming Association.

John’s work has been featured in both Fine Gardening and Total Landscape Care Magazine.

John is the Founder of Land Designs Unlimited LLC, a landscape design and build company located in Newtown, Connecticut. For more information please visit

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