You better think twice before laying down your mulch. in this tutorial, you will learn a few important facts, what watch out for to minimize damage to your property, and what you need to know so you dont poison your yard, pet, and yourself. Before you buy or place mulch, you need to first determine what type of mulch you need. Do you need it to conserve moisture, to improve the fertility and health of the soil, to reduce weed growth or to enhance for curb appeal? There are also many types of mulch you buy.
According to advertisements, pine or hardwood mulch last longer, shredded hardwood bark mulch has a lot of nutrients; pine needle mulch looks good, but does not last long. Sawdust mulch lasts long, but uses up the needed nitrogen. Wood chip mulch can be free from a tree cutting service but take forever to decompose, and has zero nutrition. Organic mulch cost more. Colored mulch looks good, Hay mulch contains weed seeds. Compost mulch may have some sewer sludge, permits a nutrient imbalance and contains high soluble salts.
Newspaper mulch is flammable and contains carcinogens. leaf mulch blows away. bark mulch attracts wasps, ants, and termites. Rubber mulch does not deteriorate. Finally, cypress mulch lasts longer, holds more water, and is a natural insecticide. Now that you have been completely misinformed by commercialism, lets get down to what I call The Mulch Scams. The Cypress Mulch Scam. Cypress mulch contains natural chemicals that fend off insects and resist rot. The Cypress mulch did that.
Many years ago when they used fullgrown, fully developed, 100 year old cypress trees. Due to unsustainable, overharvesting of cypress trees, most cypress mulch now comes from immature baby trees that have not yet developed the properties that made Cypress mulch so popular decades ago. You are not buying what you are told you are buying. Furthermore, deforestation of Cypress has severely damage the coastline. Cyprus groves were cut down which once protected the coastline from hurricanes. If you think hurricane Katrina was bad, just wait.
the landscapers generic mulch scam. if you live in the city, many garden entities or landscapers have city contracts to pick up free refuse on garbage day. This is garbage contains pesticides, weed killers, chemicals, dog or cat feces, animal urine, newspapers with ink, cardboard with glue, phosphates, and other nasty stuff that gets recycled back into mulch. You are buying a witches brew which can poison your front yard, the paw licking cat, the dog that uses his mouth to pick up toys and finally you the gardener.
If you dont use proper hygiene or protection. furthermore, you may have just been delivered the biggest mulch disease caused by Sphaerobolus fungi also known as artillery fungi shot gun fungi, or cannon fungi. As this mulch ages small 10 mm mold pods may start to develop. Then all of sudden at 10,000 horse power, these pods eject black globular sticky tar projectiles which stick to your home which do not wash off. I have seen several cases where people spend $20,000 replacing all the homes siding.
the secret formula mulch scams. you can get these after large storms, forest fires, hurricanes, and tornadoes because a lot of cleanup debris gets chopped up and recycled. You can get it from the inner cities like Detroit or Cleveland where thousands of home is bulldozed and this contaminated wood is also chopped up and recycled. You can get is from the mysterious Mobil mulch manufacture. For example and hypothetically, lets say we had a 100 year old amusement park that was bought out by a bigger amusement.
Park. lets say after this big conglomerate bought this 100 year old amusement park, which was full of old telephone poles and old railroad ties containing creosote, coal tar, arsenic and other chemicals, closed this old park and sold all the amusement rides to other small traveling carnivals. Continuing, hypothetically of course, you notice new temporary mulch manufactured faculty with huge piles of mulch being stored on the now empty parking lot. Then your drone spots black liquid sludge leaking out of the bottoms of these monster.
Feeding Your Plants for Free How to Make Fertilizer for Your Vegetable Garden
Taking steps to develop a good starting soil should be every gardener’s priority and when it comes to feeding your plants, nothing beats organic homemade compost. Good compost contains the ideal range of nutrients which are released slowly into the ground as the plants need them. But there are times when feeding our plants can give them a real boost:.
When they are fruiting, if they being affected by poor weather or pests, or, crucially, if they are in containers. How you feed them and what you feed them with is important, especially if you garden organically. Many of us will prefer not to use commercial nonorganic fertilizers and opt for organic ones instead.
But there is a way of making your own organic fertilizers for virtually no cost. We’ll take you through the key steps. Plants require three main elements for good health: Nitrogen, labeled with an N, is for green leafy growth; Phosphorus (P) is for healthy root and shoot growth;.
And potassium, labeled with a k, is for flowering, fruiting and general hardiness. Commercial fertilizers, both organic and nonorganic, provide these elements in precise amounts. Just look carefully at the label to find the N:P:K ratio. A balanced fertilizer will have an equal ratio such as this one Whereas a specialist product such as.
This one for feeding tomatoes or strawberries will have a higher potassium content. There are several different organic fertilizers which you can make yourself. Comfrey is the wonder plant of the homemade fertilizer world. It grows prolifically in places that many other plants wouldn’t and it contains high levels of all the essential nutrients for plant growth.
And a number of trace elements. There are different varieties of comfrey, but the best one to plant is Bocking 14, which doesn’t selfseed so it won’t invade your garden. A popular way to use comfrey is to make a liquid fertilizer. Harvest a large bag of leaves (it’s advisable to wear gloves as the hairy leaves can cause a rash).
Squash them into a large container, preferably with a lid to keep in the smell, and weigh them down. Leave for a few weeks and pour off the liquid into a clearly labeled container, keeping it out of the reach of children. When required dilute 15 to 1 with rainwater. Using a watering can to water your plants, aim towards the soil, not the leaves or stems,.
As fertilizers can cause scorching of foliage. Stinging nettles are high in nitrogen and can also be used in the same way as comfrey to make a liquid feed. You’ll definitely need gloves for this plant! After harvesting them, make sure you scrunch them up before weighing them down in a container. Dilute the liquid as before with rainwater so it looks like a weak tea solution.