- Adding mulch to your garden around plants is encouraged to help keep moisture in the ground. Rather than buying commercial mulch, I do what my father has done for years â€“ spread our grass clippings around the plants and between the rows.
We have more than four acres of lawn, so we generate a lot of grass clippings. Building up the layers slowly to a maximum depth of one-inch allows the grass to dry completely without building up any gasses such as what youâ€™d find in a compost pile.
We donâ€™t have a bagger on our lawn mower so I do have to use a rake. I normally wait until the clippings have had a chance to dry before I start gathering. Then, I gather up my clippings in our lawn wagon and head to the garden.
While the plants are small, I first concentrate on placing the layers of grass clippings around the plants. Once I have that accomplished, I begin spreading the grass between the rows. This helps keep down the weeds as well.
Whether old farmersâ€™ tale or fact, I donâ€™t start using my grass clippings as garden mulch until after the dandelions have disappeared for the season. We donâ€™t add any chemicals to our lawn but I know those fluffy white dandelion heads are actually seeds â€“ I donâ€™t want to add those seeds to my vegetable garden!
By turning our grass clippings into mulch for my garden, Iâ€™ve eliminated the need to buy commercial mulch. Plus, Iâ€™m slowing evaporation and keeping the moisture in the ground, lessening the need to water my garden.
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