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How Mulching Can Go Horribly Wrong

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Blog Introduction: Mulching is a great way to keep your lawn looking healthy and vibrant. It’s important to follow safe mulching practices in order to avoid potentially damaging your lawn or landscaping. Unfortunately, many homeowners make the mistake of attempting DIY mulching without understanding the potential consequences. In this blog, we’ll discuss common mistakes made when mulching, and why it’s best to use a professional mulching service instead.

Why You Should Avoid DIY Mulching

Mulch can be an easy and effective solution for improving soil health, suppressing weeds, and adding nutrients to your garden beds. But doing it wrong can have serious consequences. For instance, if you don’t spread the mulch evenly across your garden bed, you may end up with areas where the soil isn’t adequately covered, leaving it vulnerable to erosion or weed growth. Additionally, if you don’t properly prepare the soil before applying mulch, you may end up smothering plants or blocking their access to water and air.

Another common mistake is applying too much mulch in one spot. Applying too thick a layer of mulch can lead to mold growth or anaerobiosis (a process where oxygen is excluded from the soil). This can damage roots and cause plant death due to lack of oxygen needed for root respiration. Additionally, over mulched beds tend to have more pests such as slugs or snails because they provide adequate moisture and shelter for these critters.

Lastly, using the wrong kind of mulch can also cause problems with your lawn or garden beds. For instance, using wood chips instead of shredded bark could result in higher levels of nitrogen depletion from soil organic matter since wood chips decompose faster than other types of organic material like straw. Additionally, some types of mulches (such as rubber) can leach chemicals into the soil that are harmful for plants; thus it is important to research different types of mulches before making any decisions about which one to use on your landscape.


When it comes down to it, proper application is key when it comes to successful mulching — any mistake could mean disaster for your lawn or landscaping! That’s why it’s best to leave it up to professionals who understand how much and what type of material should be used in order to ensure the greatest success possible with minimal risk involved