Step 1: PREPARE THE BEDS
Step 2: TRANSFER MULCH
Bagged mulch can be dumped directly into beds, while bulk mulch can be transferred to a cart using a bedding fork. A bedding fork cuts into the mulch more easily than a shovel and is lightweight, making it much easier on your arms and back. The bedding fork is also good for working mulch under plants and in other areas where dumping is impractical.
Step 3: SPREAD THE MULCH
Spread the mulch through the bed with your bow rake to create a layer 2-3 inches deep, making it thicker where you want to discourage new growth. Don’t mulch heavily under the drip areas of plants, as this can prevent water from reaching the roots. Level and tamp the mulch with your bow rake. This is a high-satisfaction task that’s great for kids.