How to Put a Mulch Border in a Yard


Update the look of your yard while reducing the need for constant watering using mulch. Adding a border to your garden and yard area will help to define a space and create contrast within your yard. Mulch has many benefits, including soil erosion control and reducing soil compaction from heavy rains. Mulch also helps to maintain a constant and even soil temperature, while keeping weeds down to a minimum. The dark hues found in mulch also create a clean and elegant look to your outdoor space, while contrasting nicely with bright green grasses.

Step 1

Use an outdoor garden hose and mark the lines of your garden edge. Take an edge hog, which is used to make borders around yards and garden beds, and cut a 1-inch deep line into the marked line. The wheels located under the edge hog will help to create curves and are easy to maneuver.

Step 2

Deepen the existing cut in the soil with a garden spade and cut down 5 to 6 inches into the ground, where the edge hog created the indentation in the grass. If you are cutting into an existing lawn or garden bed, remove the sod on the inside of the yard using your garden spade.

Step 3

Spread 2 or 3 inches of fine-grained mulch along the yard border. Fine-grained mulch helps to retain water in the yard and prevent weeds from shooting up. Fill the trench with mulch, beginning from the bottom of the edge of the yard where the grass line was cut, and out into the yard. Depending upon your design, create a 1- to 2-foot-wide yard border.

Step 4

Using garden shears, cut any long pieces of grass along the edge of the mulch border for a tidy and groomed appearance. Pull any weeds that shoot up through the mulch to keep the space looking groomed.

Tips and Warnings

  • Always wear protective gardening gloves when using shears.

Things You'll Need

  • Garden hose
  • Edge hog
  • Spade
  • Shears
  • Mulch


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About this Author

Callie Barber has been writing professionally since 2002. Barber's love for design and writing inspired her to create Design Your Revolution, a blog that shares creative and affordable ways to decorate indoor and outdoor living environments. Her articles have appeared on and Barber holds a Bachelors of Arts in international studies from the University of North Carolina.