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Using Compost and Mulch

andrewmulchWhat is Mulch?

Mulch is any type of content that is distributed or laid over the surface of the soil as a coating. It is widely used to keep moisture in the soil, reduce weeds, hold the soil cool and make the garden bed look more appealing. Organic mulches also support bettering the soil’s fertility, as they decompose.

Composting

Compost and composted manure can be used at any place, given that they are fairly well composted and free of weed. You can put them in good use as a layer of mulch or just side dress plants with them during the spring and summer, to insulate and give an increase of slowly freed nutrients.

Compost Tea

Compost tea indicates a liquid matter produced by the compost. Usually, compost creates the tea in a natural way, but you can also create your own compost tea by soaking a shovel full of compost in a 3-6 gallon container for a couple of days. When it is finished, just dump it on the flowers or plants you want to have it on. If you would like to keep the compost separated from the liquid, place the compost into a bag when you soak it into the water.

Shredded Leaves

Shredded Leaves are nature’s treasured mulch. They can be used as mulch nearly anywhere you can think of and have the extra advantage of being totally free. As soon as you have your shredded leaves, you can put them in your garden as mulch right away. However, do not put too much mulch straight on the crowns of herbaceous perennial flowers. This is not needed, and it can cause roots to go rotten. If you’re not using uncomposted shredded leaves as mulch in your backyard, you must add some slow release nitrogen manure/compost in the spring, since the progression of leaf decomposition may reduce the soil from nitrogen.

Wan’t to start doing compost in the fall? Read these two articles: 1 and 2.

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