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Tips for Using Mulch In Your Garden

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Tips for Using Mulch In Your Garden

Decorative mulch can add a beautiful finishing touch to your landscaping. However, mulch also serves a more functional purpose, being great for your soil and in some cases, protecting your plants from the elements.

Here are some quick tips to keep in mind when adding mulch to your garden:

Sun Dry Your Clippings

If you're going to use clippings as garden mulch, be sure to sun dry them for a day or two. Avoid using clippings from lawns that have been treated with herbicides or toxic pest controls.

Avoiding Fungus

To avoid fungus and root problems, keep mulch at least an inch away from your plant stems.

Use Your Grass Clippings

Leave at least half your grass clippings on your lawn after you mow it. They're an important source of nutrients that will help keep your lawn healthy and lush!

Use Aged Leaves

Use leaves that have been aged for at least nine months, as this allows time for the growth-inhibiting phenols to be leached out.

Apply Fertilizer

Apply nitrogen-rich fertilizer beneath your mulch; certain organic mulches can sap the soil of nitrogen as it decomposes.

If you could use some more tips and advice on mulching your garden, feel free to drop by at the Country Basket Garden Centre, and we can provide you with all the information you'll need.

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