48+ Do You Have To Remove Old Mulch Before Applying New Mulch
PNG. Do we remove last year's mulch first before putting out new mulch, or do we just put it right on top?? I plan to put down new soil ( a few inches) and fresh mulch on top.
👇 🎉preorder our upcoming book from cool springs press, growing plants and flowers: You do want to remove old mulch completely if you are using a mulch material like engineered wood fiber or other engineered material that doesn't breakdown to useful natural components in the garden and environment. It is advisable to remove old mulch every year before putting new mulch.
Sometimes, and i have seen this with all kinds of organic materials.
We have one area that has weed fabric under the only reason to remove old mulch is if it hasn't been able to decompose properly. Some people will remove winter mulch once spring comes for fear of lurking pathogens from whatever vegetation was left to decay over winter. I haven't mulched in 2 years, and the existing mulch is thin and (1 inch?) and falling apart. 👇 🎉preorder our upcoming book from cool springs press, growing plants and flowers: