I trimmed all the grass and weeds from around the tree, then placed the mat in position. It will settle in in time, and do all the things mentioned i...
I am in the process of landscaping my front yard and as such have added a few trees, and want to put in some more. I had read that mulching the trees is a good idea to preserve water, prevent weeds, and protect the trees from lawn mowers and other garden equipment. I had rescued some discarded carpeting that is a berber/white weave and decided to make a few mulch mats with this. Follow along:
Step 1: Make Cardboard Template
First, make a template out of cardboard. I made 24 and 36 inch circles and any size can be made. Cut out the circle with a utility knife, or as I do, use a band saw. Speeds things up and saves wear on the arms and hands!
Step 2: Use Template To Mark Carpet
Use this template to mark the carpet with a magic marker. Also mark the center hole as this needs to be cut as well.
Step 3: Use Sharp Knife To Cut Out Circle
I actually used a box cutter knife. If very sharp (new blade) it cuts right through the back of the carpet, and any fibers hanging loose can be snipped off with scissors.
Step 4: Cut Out Center For Tree To Fit In
Cut as shown in photo. I cut the line to the center in a jagged shape so that it would look more natural.
Step 5: Color Mulch Ring If desired
I had this green paint on hand so decided to use it. I would have preferred brown, but none was available. I bought a whole box of these paints at a garage sale-got the entire box for $1.00! So I have spent very little on my mat project.
Step 6: Completed Mulch Ring/Mat
Completed Mulch Mat or ring ready to be placed around tree.