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Why you shouldn't put new Mulch over old

Nov 29


We all make mistakes. These mistakes may lead to massive financial and time loss. A lot of people make the mistake of placing new mulch over the old mulch in their lawn or garden. What will happen? The result? Your lawn or garden will be covered in dead, dry leaves that will make your property look unattractive and can cost you a lot to remove.

What is the best time to put fresh mulch for your plants?

When installing new mulch, ensure that you only place it over the mulch you have already installed. If you put new mulch on top of an existing layer of mulch then the new mulch won't absorb water, and could cause your plants to suffer. Also, new mulch will break down faster than old mulch. This could lead to unhealthy conditions for your plants.

When is it appropriate to apply new mulch to your plants? This question is not easy to answer since it's all dependent on the plants and your garden. There are some general guidelines that will aid you in determining the right time to add mulch to your garden.

1. Check the Condition of Your Plants: If your plants are in poor condition and are not in good health, they might not be able any additional nutrients or moisture that comes from the new mulch. In this instance, taking out the old mulch and replacing it with fresh material may be the best solution.

2. Be aware of the conditions of your Garden. Based on the soil type and the climate your garden may require different quantities of fertilizer and water every season. Monitoring the health of your plants and then adjusting to ensure that all the necessary materials are delivered to them.

3. Be aware of the Mulch Waste Mulching not just assists in keeping gardens tidy, it also helps protect plants from extreme weather conditions and also from erosion. So long as there's enough mulch to cover the soil surface completely each year, excess waste (including leaves and twigs) will not cause issues. However, if conditions change (droughts for instance) and more waste accumulates over time, it could be necessary to remove part or all of the existing mulch layer to provide enough protection for the rootsystems beneath.

How do you plant new mulch in your garden

If you're like the majority of gardeners, there are times when you discover yourself working in your backyard on a hot day and wishing you had some way of cooling off the soil. This is where mulch comes in It's a fantastic option to keep your garden cool and make it easier to work in the hot sun.

Mulch is composed of leaves and decomposing plants that have been covered by soil or another substance. It can help prevent soil erosion, increases the retention of moisture, and helps keep plants in check. Mulch is a great way to add the appearance of your garden.

Here are some things to remember when selecting the best mulch for your garden.

- Mulch should be light enough so it doesn't impede the plants, however heavy enough so it holds in moisture and helps reduce weed growth.

Mulch should be porous enough to let water seep through it.

Mulch ought to be made of materials that will decompose slowly (leaf compost is a good option) Also,

Mulch is recommended to be replaced every 2 to 3 years to get the best results.

How long will the the new Mulch last?

After you have laid the mulch, wait at least 2 weeks before watering the area treated with herbicides or insecticides. The new mulch will keep in moisture and help keep weeds from growing. You can water as often as you need after two weeks.

Pros and Cons of Old Mulch

There are many advantages and disadvantages when it comes to using old mulch instead of new mulch.

The primary benefit of older mulch is that it can aid in conserving soil moisture and reduce the need to water. Old mulch can also aid in keeping weeds at bay and boost the fertility of soil.

There are some disadvantages to old mulch. One con is that it is difficult to get rid of if it gets contaminated or gets wet and starts to rot. In addition, when used in areas that have a high amount of rainfall the old mulch may turn heavy and muddy that can lead to drainage problems.


Applying new mulch to the old one can cause a negative effect on the lawn, and it's something that you shouldn't attempt without consulting with a professional landscaper. This can not only result in the lawn becoming dry and patchy, it could also cause erosion and other issues. A professional landscaper can help you determine the most suitable Mulch for your particular situation in case you're worried about your lawn's health.

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