One of the best tools you can have in your green thumb arsenal is garden mulch. It can be used anywhere, from vegetable patches to flower beds, and everything in-between. However, if you have a small garden, you might not think that using this wonder productwill work for you. The truth is, it can work no matter the size of your garden, as long as you know how to use it. 

When you are using mulch for a small garden, there are some rules to consider. Start by laying it on soil that has already been weeded. This is to prevent further growth of weeds.  Then move on to thicken this layer so that no new weeds are able to reach the soil and grow. If you want to reap the benefits in your small garden, below are some top tips. 


Pick The Right Mulch


Mulch can come in numerous varieties, all of which have their own pros and cons. Bark mulch is by far the most popular, as it is almost always organic, and you can find smaller pieces of bark that will fit perfectly into your garden space. Shredded bark for mulch can be spread easily in a small garden space and will not clutter a smaller yard. Grass clippings and shredded leaves might be cheaper, but they often become soggy after a few weeks. 


Spread It (Not Too) Thick


Once you have chosen the right garden mulch for your needs, you will need to spread it across your garden. For a smaller garden, it should not be too thick, as this will make the area cluttered and it could have an effect on your plants and soil. Mulch should be spread at least 7 cm thick, as anything thicker could encourage pests to flourish. If you spread it too thinly, your mulch will not make much of an impact on the health of your soil or plants. 


Go For Garden Mulch


Using mulch in a small garden does not have to be difficult or tricky. You can start out by choosing the right mulch for your needs, and remember not to spread it too thickly. Mulching during summer will help to spread the nutrients better into the warmer soil, but it is best to go by what province you are in and what weather you experience. 


Choose The Right Time


While your garden will welcome garden mulch at any time of the year, the best time to lay down mulch is at the beginning of summer. During this time, the soil will have warmed up and the plants are no longer dormant. For smaller gardens, take note of how your plants are doing before laying down mulch. Summer might mean more direct sunlight and frequent watering, which helps the mulch to break down, but some areas have wetter summers which could cause mulch to become soggy. 


Think About The Trees


If you are lucky enough to have trees in your small garden, you will need to use the mulch carefully. The mulch should not be thicker than 7 cm, especially in a small area. It is important to remember not to pile the mulch around the bottom of the tree trunk, as this could encourage pests and it will lead to an imbalance of nutrients being released. A smaller yard means you need to be smart with space, and spreading out your mulch is more effective than piling it up. 


Give Your Garden An Edge


An important part of the mulch laying process is to edge your garden beds so that the mulch does not fall onto the surrounding grass. If you add soil from your garden into the mulch, and then add this to your garden bed, you might promote grass growth in your mulch, which could be detrimental to some plants. If you have small garden beds that cannot be edged easily, use decorative stones to create a border. These will add visual interest and will ensure that the mulch does not encroach onto any other areas of your garden. 



If you want to improve your small garden and breathe new life into it, speak to Stanler Farms today to find out about our organic mulch options.