Different types of mulch

3 Creative Ways to Use Mulch in Your Yard

Mulch is a great sustainable way to supplement your plants and enhance the overall aesthetic of your yard. It’s versatile too, so there’s no shortage of ideas for what you can do with it.

Just remember to always choose a quality organic mulch, because standard mulches may contain harmful chemicals that do more harm than good.

Without further ado, here are 3 ways you can get creative with mulch in your yard.

Use mulch to hide tree roots

How to mulch a tree

We’ve discussed how to use garden pebbles to hide tree roots, but did you know you can do the same thing with mulch? It’s super easy, and it makes your yard look clean and organized. Simply take your bag of mulch and layer it around the base of the tree trunk until the roots are covered. Use the garden tool of your choice, such as a rake or spade, to even out the mulch layer. 

Make a mulch pathway

Are ugly bare spots starting to show where there is a lot of foot traffic in your yard? Get out the mulch and create a pathway that blends seamlessly with the trees, shrubs, and grass. A mulch pathway is very natural-looking, and it smells good too! Once again, all you have to do is measure and draw the path, then fill in the outline with mulch. Even it out with your rake, and you’re good to go.

Enhance your garden pebble pathway

If you already have a pathway made with smooth landscaping stones, then you can make them stick out by adding red mulch around the stones. It offers the same aesthetic appeal as covering tree roots with mulch, drawing attention to the finer points of your yard.

“Killing mulch” will smother the most stubborn weeds

There are plenty of ways to get rid of weeds, but there’s always that patch of ivy or bamboo that just won’t give up. Mulch might be the answer, all you have to do is apply enough to do the job. Cut back the offending plant as much as you can, then bury it under 1-2 feet of mulch. This should be enough to block the sunlight completely and suffocate the weeds. 

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