Best Mulch Materials After a Garden Clearance

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What is mulch? Mulch is the unsung guardian of your garden. After a good garden clearance you put a good mulch and you can sleep well for once. Why the exaggerations you say? Because the mulch prevents sprouts of weed from overtaking. It keeps the precious soil moist and aerated, absolutely protects the plants you own from soilborn diseases. It also recycles the soil and, of course, keeps your garden looking good and tidy. Now, let's delve deep into the world of mulch and see what materials you should use for it.

Let's start with mulch for vegetable gardens. Best thing? Most of the materials are completely free.

1. Grass clippings.

The grass clippings are especially good for vegetable and herb gardens, because they are very easy to get. Make sure the grass has not been treated with herbicide. This could hurt your plants. Grass clippings decompose quite fast, especially when the weather is very hot. Aside from this, if the mulch is made too thick it can mat down and become immune to water. Proper application would be starting with about 2 inches. It's best to let the grass dry before turning it into mulch.

2. Leaves.

Those magnificent little friends are your best bet against weeds. Any naturally fallen leaves are great. Just to set things straight - oak leaves are only acidic when they are fresh. If you let them fall and decompose by themselves, there is nothing to worry about. When you want to make leaf mulch you need to make sure the wind will not ruin your work. To do this - shred or chop the leaves. Again, spread them 2 inches deep and replace if needed. Another good thing about leaf mulch is that afterwards, it's extremely easy to find earthworms. And they turn the mulch into the best fertilizer there is.

3. Pine needles.

The pine needles keep the garden fresh smelling at all times. They decompose quite slowly and water can go through without much problems. 2-3 inches of pine mulch is enough and safe in the pH numbers.

4. Straw.

Straw is great for mulch after you get a garden clearance service. Be careful though when you buy straws. Don't get hay. Hay will turn your garden into a weed nightmare! Straw is easy to break down and thus, a good fertilizer. Since the straw doesn't get glued together, you can go on and put about 7 inches of it. If the climate is rainy most of the time, don't use straw. It's a great home for slugs, which you don't want in your garden.

5. Plastic.

Plastic mulch is not organic, that's true. And it doesnt add up as a fertilizer. But there is a plus - it keeps the soul heated up. It's great for growing melons and other various crops which require warm weather. Especially in a cold climate. It's also one of the best weed control tools out there.

Continuing with mulch for flowerbeds and shrubs.

1. Bark.

Lots of London garden clearance companies will advise towards various chips or shreds. The point of this is that bark is a very slow decomposer and is quite stable in its position. Of course, there are both the soft wood and hard wood options. The soft bark - pine, fir and redwood decomposes slower than the hard counterparts. Hard wood as oak hickory and elm are faster in this regard.

2. Wood chips.

The best part about wood chips is that most of the utility, tree companies, arborists etc. can give you the goods for free. Let's make this clear - they are great for large land coverage, but are awful for keeping them near your house. Termites love wood and they tend to appear where there are large concentrations of it. Recycled construction waste is a great mulch. It's also bad for your vegetable garden since you don't know what contaminants are in it from the industry works.

3. Newspaper.

Get your old newspaper out and realize it's a very good weed suppressor. Just add water, cover it with some bark chips and the mulch is done! Coloured ink is a big no. Also slick paper is not advised if you are going to eat whatever is planted below.

4. Stone, rock and gravel.

The first thing that comes to mind is the durability. And it's both its blessing and curse. Of course, stone mulch does not degrade and is the most stable of them all, but it also does not add anything to the soul. And fertilizers are good! Stones and gravel are usually used on paths and around trees to control the weed growth while still allowing rain water to go down to the roots.

That's it, folks! I got this information from two places - Green Waste Clearance, a London garden waste removal company and an article of Paul Hepperly - Ph.D. and a research and training manager at the Pennsylvania Rodale Institute. Kudos to all of you!


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Comments (3)

shinday writes: quality is everthing
Posted: 2:49 pm on November 5th
Maya_Pugh writes: Thanks for sharing this info-packed article on mulches for various purposes.

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Posted: 4:59 am on September 1st
kennethmoore023 writes: So this is how to determine the quality of mulch for perfect gardening.
Posted: 2:14 am on August 29th
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