Asked on May 1, 2017

Every time I put down Mulch it gets washed away when it rains.

Vel14616494Beachbren12Donna
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What can I do About it.
How do I stop that from happening. A border. Will only cause it to flood.

10 answers
  • FL
    on May 2, 2017

    Hi! I would put up a border/barrier wall, even one a few inches tall may help to keep the mulch in place. Use bricks, pavers, plastic/rubber border in a roll, even stones/rocks. I'd go with something that can take a whack from your weed whacker when you do lawn care. You may also want to use a pitch fork to poke holes in the soil in your garden in case it is too hard to absorb the rain. Good luck!
  • Janet Pizaro
    on May 2, 2017

    Mulch is never going to be a permanent situation regardless .You will always have to add it regardless if this is a border or not.
    • Gregg
      on May 2, 2017

      You are right mulch will always need refreshing, but a border will prevent it from washing away, which was the question.
  • Mary E Cates
    on May 2, 2017

    I had the same problem, so I went to Lowes & got a landscape edger, & some stakes to hold it in place. The height is about 2- 3 inches. It's not too high, but, not too low unless you put more mulch in the area than the height of the edger. It's dark green, sturdy & can curve. I really like mine, & I've not seen it to cause any flooding at all.
  • Graham Hooper
    on May 2, 2017

    Get some Shade Cloth Netting and cut into Strips to use as Edging Free draining Would Hold the Mulch unless the Flood waters were Higher than Border
  • Spa22493324
    on May 2, 2017

    Thanks, I guess I will try to put some kind of border around it.
  • Deb
    on May 2, 2017

    Try using pine straw as your mulch. Once it's down and has been rained on a few times it forms an almost interlocking mat around your plants and it stays in place!
  • Debbie Spilsbury
    on May 2, 2017

    I use the bigger 'chunky' bark. It's windy where I live almost 24-7 and 365!! I had the finer bark mulch EVERYWHERE!! Now we have the bigger bark that's appx 2"x3" pieces and it stays put with only a small rock (less than fist size) border. Hope this helps! Deb from.....ready??.......Hurricane, Utah......honest!
  • Donna
    on May 2, 2017

    I was also tired of my mulch washing/blowing away so last year I put down edging similar to this picture; it has kept the mulch in pretty well. As was stated in other comments, you will still lose some to the wind and you will have to refresh it, but this does help contain it.
  • Beachbren12
    on May 2, 2017

    Rubber mulch is the answer! It's a more expensive initial investment, however, it doesn't rot and therefore doesn't need to be replaced each year! Bugs of all types hate the smell of it and won't be feasting on your plants! We got rid of snails and roaches and lots of snakes hiding beneath layers of old wooden mulch by clearing it out, covering the dirt with cinnamon which kills mold and messes up the senses of snakes and bugs, putting black rubber edging around the flower beds to hold the mulch in place. Nuggets are heavier and stay in place better than the shredded rubber mulch if you are in an area that gets a lot of wind and/or rain, and it never sun-fades. We hauled off 130 XL bags of old wooden mulch when we purchased our house 3 years ago, put in edging and rubber mulch nuggets because we needed to be rid of snakes and wanted something low-maintenance. It's held up thru hurricane winds and rain and still looks wonderful! We use a wet/dry shop vac to pick up dead leaves from the top of it in the autumn.
  • Vel14616494
    on May 2, 2017

    I use bark chips and edge the beds.
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