COVID-19 Update and the City of Joliet - For more info visit: Coronavirus Resources/ Actualizacion de COVID-19 y La Ciudad de Joliet - Para más información visite: Coronavirus Resources


Press Enter to show all options, press Tab go to next option
How to Mulch

Saving Trees from Drought and Heat

Determine mulch area
  • The sizes of the plants and turning radius of your mower determine the size and shape of the mulch area.
  • Mulch out to the drip line or edge of the widest branches, if possible.
  • Group shrubs and trees into beds, instead of mulching around individual plants, to save mowing time and unify your landscape plantings.
Eliminate weeds and turf
  • Clear all the weeds and grass from the area you intend to cover to prevent them from growing up through the mulch.
  • Pull weeds by hand or hoe them out.
  • Remove lawn grass by slicing under it with a spade, being careful to dig only into the top 2 to 3 inches of soil.
  • Shake the soil out of the turf before discarding it to maintain the soil depth around your trees and shrubs.
Spread mulch
  • Cover the cleared area with 2 to 4 inches of mulch.
  • Rake the mulch into a flattened doughnut shape.
  • Make a neat outer edge by leaving a small gap between the mulch and the edge of the surrounding lawn.
Maintain mulch
  • Replace mulch as needed during the growing season to maintain the 2 to 4 inch depth.
  • Rake up and replace organic mulch in the spring, especially around roses and fruit trees.
How To Mulch [PDF]


Informational Link

Proper Mulching Techniques



Free viewers are required for some of the attached documents.
They can be downloaded by clicking on the icons below.

Acrobat Reader Download Acrobat Reader Flash Player Download Flash Player Windows Media Player Download Windows Media Player Microsoft Silverlight Download Microsoft Silverlight Word Viewer Download Word Viewer Excel Viewer Download Excel Viewer PowerPoint Viewer Download PowerPoint Viewer