Mulch, the moist build-up of decayed leaves, bark or compost is quite healthy for plants and enriches and insulates the soil. It’s often spread over plants to help keep them moist and protected throughout the winter months. However, sometimes mulch can also harbour disease pathogens, fungi and harmful bacteria that can infect plants and weaken their growing capabilities. It’s important to ensure that the mulch you’ve provided your plants is redistributed properly to keep the health and appearance of your landscape to prepare for the upcoming cold weather season.

The process

The way in which you handle the mulch has to be very delicate and precise. If you’re not confident in the process, you could damage your plants. Your local plant experts can help to ensure the steps taken are done carefully and can provide advice on signs to look for.

First, the mulch has to be lifted by hand gradually little by little to reduce the shock to your plants. It’s best to choose a day when there is less chance of direct sun exposure which can cause damage to your plants that are in a vulnerable state.

For the hardened mulch, you will need an edger tool to loosen the mulch around the mulched bed. Once that is completed, the old mulch can be raked to loosen it up and to also break up clumps in the tougher spots. Once the mulch has been removed into piles away from the plants, it can be shoveled out.


While raking, attention needs to be paid to the motion of the rake. Leaving a few inches between the rake and the plant stem will ensure that no damage can be done to the plant. It’s also important to leave as much soil as possible while doing this, so your plants still have a source of moisture.

Are you preparing your plants for the upcoming winter season? Let us help. If you’re in need of help of maintenance like mulch removal, get in touch with us to talk to an expert and set up an appointment.