Mulch - For a Completely New Look
If you want to truly create a new look for your lawn, consider
adding some mulch. Many homeowners find that this process
by itself gives their lawn and their entire home a new image
that wows both the neighbors and their own family. Furthermore,
mulch has other advantages as well. For instance, mulch
can be an effective protector for the plants' root systems,
since it provides rich nutrients in the soil that the plants
rely on. Also, mulch can help prevent soil erosion,
it can hold moisture in the soil, and it can help fight those
pesky weeds that otherwise would try to crowd their way through
mulch to be truly effective, you need to be sure to select
the right kind, and you need to apply it correctly. And
to apply it correctly, you must first know something about
it. For instance, there are two major categories of mulch:
organic and inorganic.
kind of mulch that many homeowners love is compost. Compost
is made of things that most people typically throw away,
such as scraps of fruits or vegetables, leaves, newspaper,
and even dog or cat hair. If you're using compost,
you should put it down first, and afterward cover it with
some bark to make it look better.
else that makes good mulch are grass clippings. The best
part about this type of grass is that it's affordable, because
everybody already has some. It's just a matter of
cutting the grass, then drying out the clippings. Once it's
dried, spread it around your plants and flowers. Because
grass has a lot of nitrogen in it, vegetable gardens especially
benefit from this type of mulch.
like everybody has grass, most people also have a lot of
leaves in their yard. It's a simple matter, especially
if you have a lawn mower that has a mulcher attached, to
cut up the leaves and spread them about your plants.
Or if you don't have leaves, you can use sawdust, as long
as it's at least a year old. If you do choose to use
sawdust, it will work better if you add some fertilizer
enriched with nitrogen.
from trees also makes good mulch but we don't suggest you
go carve your own off trees. You can actually buy bark for
this purpose, in three main types: nuggets, chunks
and shredded. And while we're talking about wood options,
you can also use wood chips or shavings for mulch.
Most people find these especially attractive, but as with
the sawdust, you need to make sure it's at least a year
old. If it's not old enough, it could still have acids
that might harm the plants. These plants go away after several
months, which is why you should let it age before using
far, we've bee talking about organic things you can use
as mulch. There are also some inorganic options. For
instance, you could spread a sheet of plastic around the
base of where your plants are. This will keep out excess
water as well as air. Then, to create a nice look,
place some bark on top of the plastic. Or if you prefer,
you could use brick and / or stone. You would sit these
close together, thus offering some weed control. It's important,
though, to go with darker colored bricks so that they don't
reflect heat to the plants, thus damaging them.
of these mulching options will serve much the same purpose:
protecting your plant life and encouraging maximum growth,
thus helping to beautify your landscape.