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Retired74
Jun 3, 2020 11:13 AM CST
The mulch in our beds has gotten 4-5" thick and I feel it's time to replace it. My wife also wants to remove the fabric liner as it is a pain to deal with when planting plants. My question is would it be ok to simply take the old mulch, spread it over the grass and mulch it in with the lawnmower. We have 4 beds and It would take a long time to bag it and weeks to get it all hauled away due to restrictions on the number of bags you can put out with the trash and garbage each week.
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DaisyI
Jun 3, 2020 11:34 AM CST
Welcome!

I agree with your wife, get rid of the landscape fabric. The old mulch is your new soil, without the landscape fabric, it will decompose into great soil. I would dig it into your flower gardens or use it in new plantings. I'm not sure about mulching the lawn as I have never had one. Smiling
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crawgarden
Jun 3, 2020 11:40 AM CST
Welcome to the site!

Agree with Daisy, get rid of the landscape fabric, just curious why do you feel the mulch needs to be replaced, it should just break down and add to your soil.
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Name: Steve
Port Orchard, WA (Zone 8b)
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Jun 3, 2020 5:02 PM CST
Retired, I agree with all posts about it being a valuable resource. Taking a guess that you do not want to add it to existing flower/vegetable beds-- but it would be a good place to spread it. It can be also used to fill in low spots in lawn or used as a lawn fertilizer. If you have a wirlie bird type fertilizer spreader that one rolls on the ground, it can be used place of other lawn fertilizers--I plan on buying a roll about wirlie bird for fertilizing with cow manure. You can place it on top or the lawn and spread it with a rake to about 1/4" or less thick. --not sure if big pieces of wood are included with the old mulch that would hurt the feet when walking bare foot on the grass.
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sallyg
Jun 3, 2020 7:50 PM CST
Second third or fourth what's already been said- pull the fabric out and use the mulch back in garden beds. Or under shrubs, surely you have someplace for it. I don't think a mulching mower will do much with it. It can go in the grass if you're easy on it, not thick.
(Commercial landscapers rake off mulch and put down new mulch in shopping centers, and I want to beg the guys for the old mulch AKA compost)
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