Spring will be here before you know it and with it all the chores to keep our landscape looking fresh and colorful. We in South Carolina like to freshen up our flower beds, gardens, and trees with a fresh coat of mulch. However, mulch can be expensive. Making your own mulch is cheaper and let’s face it, more rewarding. Here are a few mulching techniques for Myrtle Beach residents to keep your yard beautiful and eco-friendly.
You may be tempted to throw out those old wilted flowers or those ugly dead tomato plants. But these are perfect ingredients for composting into mulch. Anything that was once growing in your garden can be put into a compost bin. Be careful not to use plants with mold or disease.
Save Your Leaves and Grass Clippings
Leaves are versatile and can be recycled and are easy to use as compost or mulch. They’re also rich in carbon and will provide much-needed nutrients for your lawn. If you have the ability, shred and store your raked leaves instead of bagging them. They break down fast, and by spring you can use them for mulch and an effective weed barrier.
Usually, it’s best to leave grass clippings on the lawn as mulch. But if you have too much of it, grass clippings can be another great addition to your compost pile. The grass is rich in nitrogen so make sure it is incorporated into your mulch as well.
If you want to speed up the decomposition process, use a lawnmower to go over your leaves several times until they’re pulverized into tiny pieces. These pieces can be immediately utilized in flower beds, gardens or as a fertilizer for your lawn. Getting ready to get rid of an old or dead tree? Rent a wood chipper and use the chips around your flower beds and trees.
Need help tending to your lawn? Visit our Myrtle Beach lawn care page for more info!