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Mulch The Organic Way

A Beautiful Landscape Begins With Organic Mulch

Mother Nature gives us all kinds of clues when it comes to regenerating the earth and, in particular, soil. Even when Planet Earth was barely populated million of years ago, it was easy to see how allowing soil to take back remains of its bounty was a complete circle of recycling that resulted in pure, sweet soil year after year. Mulching is a fundamental ecological process: Plant life grows, bears fruit and dies and the mulching cycle begins.

Time, Patience and Simple Steps To Organic Mulch

Without doubt, mulching isn’t for the impatient. It takes time for mulch components to decompose sufficiently to a fine, black soil. There are different types of organic mulch right in your own yard:

Leaves – Almost any oak, maple, sycamore or birch leaves make good mulch. Choose leaves that are the driest in late autumn; or, in warmer climates as they naturally begin to fall.

Grass Clippings – Save yourself time and energy. Add grass clippings to a large lawn and leaf bag. Allow the heat of the sun to begin to decompose these grass clippings. They can be added to other organic mulching components.

Pine Needles – Pine needles decompose at a slower rate. This is actually beneficial. The texture of the pine needles when added to organic mulch aids in aeration.

Vegetable and Fruit Peels
Vegetable and fruit peels added to organic mulch piles decompose at a faster rate and help with the overall decomposition of your organic mulch.

Newspapers, Cardboard and Paper Bags
When it’s time to empty the home office paper shredder, add the shredded paper to the mulch pile. One tip for adding shredded paper to the organic mulch pile is to avoid the color sections. Inks may not be organic. Also, shredded paper, cardboard and paper bags should be added after other organic mulch components have been combined.

Twigs and Other Items For Organic Mulch
Nearly anything that eventually decomposes can be turned into organic mulch. Those small twigs that fall after a storm, snippings from dead flowers, sawdust and ashes from the fireplace mixed into the mulch produce spectacular nutrients for landscaping projects.

Organic Mulch Is A Processor Away
If there’s a food processor or blender sitting on the back shelf of a kitchen cabinet, give it a work out with those vegetable and fruit peels. Be sure to remove all seeds, roots and potato eyes or your organic mulch may sprout a new garden unintentionally. If your mulch should become a tad odoriferous, add a little baking soda and turn the pile. Or, a half cup of clean organic kitty litter helps contain odors.

Mulch-It-Yourself Or Shop Around For Organic Mulch
No matter which components you choose for your organic mulch, producing your own mulch is a satisfying labor of love and a way to do your part for the cause of “green living”. If producing your own mulch for your landscaping isn’t possible, organic mulch is sold in most lawn and garden centers as well as large department stores online and off and wherever gardening supplies are sold. Be sure to check the labels on bags of mulch to insure the components are organic. The end result of organic mulching efforts is a landscape devoid of chemical pollutants.

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