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How to Put a Mulch Border in a Yard

Creating a mulch border in your yard can make it look more appealing. It's also a great place to plant trees, flowers, shrubs and ground cover. With your plants and trees all in your mulch borders and not your grass lawn, mowing will be a lot easier because you won't have hard-to-reach places where grass can grow around your plants and trees. Creating a great-looking mulch border is also very easy to do. It can be created along a fence, your home's exterior wall, a sidewalk, driveway, around a large tree or it can snake through the middle of your yard, dividing your lawn for a more dramatic look.

Things You'll Need

  • Mulch (1 cubic foot of mulch for every square foot of border area)
  • Garden hose
  • Shovel
  • Plastic rake
  • Border rocks (optional)
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    • 1

      Lay the garden hose down on your lawn, creating an outline of where you mulch border will be.

    • 2

      Dig out any plants, weeds, grass or rocks from the area inside the garden hose. You should be left with just a dirt ground.

    • 3

      Open up your bag or bags of mulch and dump them into your mulch border area.

    • 4

      Spread your mulch in the mulch border area with the rake, covering the dirt ground and creating a 3-inch layer of mulch over the entire area. Remove the garden hose.

    • 5

      If your mulch border is on an incline or in an area where the mulch might wash away, purchase enough rocks at a garden center to use as a barrier around your mulch border.

    • 6

      Lay the rocks side by side around the mulch border, creating a barrier to block any mulch that could be washed away.