In Kansas City every spring we mulch our beds with a “top dress”.
The question we have been asked, Why? or When? Should I mulch in the spring only? or should I do it two times and do it in the fall also?
Lets start with the first question, Why?
Nothing looks better than a freshly mulched property. The dark mulch really makes everything pop. It will also help keep the weeds down with a 2-3 inch layer of mulch.
With the sun hitting the mulch and with rain and irrigation mulch does fade out, breaks down and washes away causing just mud for some landscape beds come spring time.
By mid summer the color will fade and you have three options: one, to top dress again; two, spray dye to bring back color (we have done this before with mix reviews) or three, just leave it. There are pros and cons to each. Budget and appearance are the major ones. Some years the initial mulching lasts longer than others.
We would highly suggest definitely mulching in the spring, as we said before it gives you fresh color and keeps the weeds down.
After years of mulch build up, you will need to look at scrapping the mulch and compost (soil from the mulch breaking down) off. When you do this it will lower the levels back below the walks and down off the building. After this is done you would be a complete new mulching (adding 2 inches of mulch).
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