How to Mulch Around Bushes? 5 Steps

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Mulching around shrubs not only offers a yard a more polished, appealing look than it would otherwise, but it also enhances the health of shrubs and may save particular garden upkeep.

Mulch suppresses germination and inhibits weed growth by blocking sunlight. Mulched bushes use less water because the mulch insulates the soil and inhibits evaporation, keeping the ground wet under the mulch.

People know the advantages of mulch, but only a few know how to mulch shrubs, even though shrubs are pretty popular in homes.

Weeds should be removed from the soil; spread a 3-inch layer of mulch on the ground, and remove the mulch from the trunk and then remove all extra weeds by hand.

Above are the fundamental phase in mulching the bushes that everyone should be aware of; now, I will go through these steps in more depth.

Mulching Around Bushes

1. Remove the Weeds

The first step is to pull weeds from the soil around the bushes in late winter or early spring when the ground is still damp. Because established weeds may grow through a layer of mulch, remove each weed plant, including the roots.

You can use remove by hands or some shovel but you can also use any weed killer like preen.

removing weeds around bushes

2. Spread Thick Layer of Mulch

Over the soil, spread a 3-inch thick layer of hardwood mulch in the form of nuggets or wood chips. Cover the ground under each bush and the shrub bed’s boundaries.

Don’t spread mulch under trunk/main stem of a bush. Make a donut hole instead.

Hardwood mulch takes a long time to disintegrate, and the nuggets or wood chips don’t contain tiny particles that might encourage weed growth. Spreading mulch in the early spring, when the earth is still wet, can assist the shrub bed in retaining moisture even more.

spreading mulch around bushes

3. Remove Mulch From Shrub Trunk

Remove the mulch from each shrub’s trunk or stems. Allow a 3-inch gap between the mulch and each trunk or branch, as mulch pressed against the growth, may induce rot.

Replenish mulch layer

4. Replenish the Mulch Layer

In the autumn, replenish the mulch layer to keep it at a 3-inch depth around each shrub and give soil insulation from winter temperature swings. Fill the layer early in the spring to prepare the summer shrub bed.

5. Again Remove Weeds by Hand

Remove any weeds that have managed to penetrate the mulch layer by hand. As soon as you see the weeds, do so. Weeds will not overtake the mulched area if those few weeds are pulled regularly.


It’s impossible to deny that mulching bushes are beneficial. Mulch conserves soil moisture, inhibits weeds, and protects plant trunks from mower and string trimmer damage, among other things. While mulching appears to be a simple task, it does require some knowledge to be done correctly. I hope above mention steps are beneficial for you, and you can easily mulch your shrubs by following those steps.

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After doing my master’s in agriculture, I went on with this field for more than 15 years because I love working in green. I have experienced using modern machinery and techniques that can help farmers and landscapers to achieve something great. My goal will be to deliver you the best reviews and information to make the right decision.

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