Maybe you have used some form of mulch during your gardening career. However, there are many other options for organic mulching that you can explore, which you probably didn’t know about. An untapped resource, the new sources of free mulch that has been there all along is discovered by many gardeners these days. Clippings from a lawn or woody pruning from other plants in your yard are the ones included. It is surprising how beneficial all these things can be, and how often the opportunity arises to use them.
Spreading out the excess grass clippings across the rest of their yard has been done by many gardeners. With big piles of grass just sitting in your yard as if you were too lazy to rake them up, you may think this will look tacky. You won’t even be able to tell that there is an excess amount, if you spread them out. The extra grass on the yard acts as a sort of mulch by preventing weed growth and evaporation. You won’t have to water nearly as much to keep your grass green with this extra water. I had to adjust the frequency of my sprinkler system because I was worried my yard was getting too much water when I started leaving my grass clippings.
Rake up all the grass and transport it to your garden if it is in more need of mulching than your yard. You’ll apply all the same benefits from leaving it in your yard by making a small layer around the vicinity of the plant. I often have trouble with my plants staying green and healthy because it is rather green on its own. So I move them all around my plants rather than leave the grass clipping in my yard. It is just a matter of choosing what your highest mulching priority is.
Our pruning activities sometimes will lead us to have an amazing amount of branches and twigs. You should consider renting a wood chipper to put all of those branches to use if this is the case. You would be surprised at just how many branches you end up with after one day of intense pruning. You can turn them into a huge amount of mulch for your plants rather than throw these away. However, you should bundle it all up and save it to add onto the next batch if your pruning has not left you with that big of an amount. It is because the chipping machines can be slightly expensive to rent that you want it to be absolutely worth it.
All organic mulches need to be replenished over time. It is because in the conditions of your yard, they will naturally decompose. Remember that your mulch will use up the valuable nitrogen in the soil during the process of decomposition. The plants will be missing a key nutrient without this. Several types of fertilizers that specifically designed to deal with this problem are available on the market.
The use of mulches is something everyone should try in the yard and garden. It increases the healthiness and integrity of your plants by putting that so called garbage to good use, besides save lots of time by reducing the amount of garbage you have to transport out. I think that mulching is for you, if you think you would be able to save a good amount of branches and twigs for chipping, or if you think that you are ready to stop raking up all your grass clippings.