How to Make Garden Mulch

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Making garden mulch is something you can do with several different substances, like shredded paper. Make garden mulch with help from an experienced garden and environmental professional in this free video clip.

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This is Mindy McIntosh-Shetter, and I'm going to show you how to make garden mulch. Now garden mulch can be made out of several different substances, shredded paper, ground up leaves, grass clippings and straw. Each one of these types of mulch have their positives and negatives. But the best mulch that I like to use is straw. you don't have a nitrogen or carbon issue like you do with dried leaves and or grass clippings, and using straw has a mild weed suppressant, in other words, it prevents weed seeds from germinating. Now, make sure that you get straw and not hay. Straw has reduced numbers of weed seeds in it while hay has a lot of weed seeds. If you use hay, you're gonna have some issues. Now to use this type of mulch, you're simply going to cut the bail apart, and you're gonna put the mulch in the area that you would like your mulch to be, whether your mulching strawberries or your mulching flowers. Now, a gardening tip. When you cut your straw bale, make sure that you cut it so that you get these layers of straw, versus trying to tear it apart to spread it. Now make sure that you spread your mulch out evenly around the plant material, and then you'll be set for winter.


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