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Leaf Mulch – 5 Gallon Bags
The great thing about growing your own garden and plants is there so many ways to use and reuse these items. One of the best ones to reuse is leaves. You can do this by making mulch from your leaves and putting them on next year's garden to help it grow. Leaves are full of trace minerals that they draw up from deep in the soil and when added to a garden they can feed earthworms and microbes.
There are few steps to making mulch with leaves. The first one of those steps is to shred the leaves while they are dry. Some people will have a leaf shredder with which to do this, but you can also do it with a lawnmower by mowing over them few times. Once this is done it's good to rake them up and place them in the plastic bags for easy storage. This will make the mulch available for winter or summer uses.
They can also increase aeration and drainage in the soil. Mulch is also good for use as a weed suppressor and it can be a barrier for cold and heat to protect your plants. So remember, you do not want these to be thoroughly decomposed they will not make the barrier that you need.
If you so choose, you can make leaf mold simply by holding on to them for 1 to 3 years in a mulch bin. This will cause them to smell like the woods because of a fungus that breaks the leaves down into a compost that is high in calcium, magnesium, and it also retains three to five times its weight in water.
There are course some leaves that you shouldn’t use for mulch. Walnut, eucalyptus and camphor Laurel leaves will inhibit plant growth. Another thing to remember when adding leaves directly to the soil is to add a nitrogen fertilizer. To ensure that microbes don't use all the nitrogen in the soil.
Leaf mulch is excellent to use on vegetable gardens as it will supply great nutrients for the soils to become very rich, so the plants grow and become healthy. This is also a great way to keep moisture around the plants during the hot days of summer as they grow. This mulch makes from leaves that have fallen during the fall and added to compost barrels where they are stirred and broken down so they can be quickly distributed around shrubs, trees and into gardens. It can be purchased from this online nursery and shipped in five-gallon bags so that it is easy to apply to all areas. It is lovely and a very natural way to supply the much-needed vitamins back into tired soil conditions. This is also a way to protect during the cold months as this mulch also offers insulation around the tender plants that may be growing.