How to Keep Mulch From Floating Away

Vera Leigh

Mulching a garden bed is a time-consuming task that ends with beautiful results. But your hard work can fly away with the wind if you do not use a mulching material that has some weight. Mulch is the general word used for many different types of ground covers -- including pine straw, river rocks and wood pellets.

Wood mulch pellets have some weight to them, making them more difficult for the wind to carry them away.

Select a mulch that fits in with both your climate and your landscape requirements to make sure your hard work has no chance of floating away.

  1. Survey your garden beds and yard. Determine what type of mulch best fits in with the theme and setup of your landscape. For example, if you have a yard that is near a forest or a river, you might take a more earthy approach and use river rocks or wood chips as your mulching material in your herb garden or Japanese-themed rock garden. You also might consider pine straw as your ground cover. Pine straw is at some risk for floating away, but laid on the ground and stamped into place neatly with your hands or feet will help it to better stay put.

  2. Clear your garden beds of mulch that has been laid in previous years. When laying mulch properly, it is best to start with a clean garden bed. You can scoop the old mulching material into a trash bag, wheelbarrow or bucket.

  3. Spread a layer of your rocks, wood pellets or pine straw onto your garden beds, making sure that the layer is only about 1-inch deep. This is very important, as mulching any deeper can prevent plants from getting needed water and nutrients because the ground cover is making this impossible or inadequate.