How to Make Mulch for Your Garden

We all know mulch is a vital component to keeping your garden plants healthy and thriving. But bag after bag of mulch can be costly… what if we told you there was a way you could save money by making your own? It is possible and more sustainable. When you make your own mulch from your own yard waste you are repurposing what you would otherwise get rid of and creating a space for organisms like earthworms to reside. It’s a win, win!

Why Mulch?

Mulch is an essential part of your garden, it serves as a barrier for your plants. You can count on it to keep moisture inside the soil, overpower weeds, regulate soil temperature, and create a beautiful garden!  

Organic mulches will help the soil hold more nutrients, increase drainage, and improve the soil structure. Not to mention, organic mulches have been proven to help vegetable and fruit yields increase. 

You will also notice that pests are not a fan of the smell of organic mulches. They will stay away from your garden – this adds another layer of protection.

Here’s How To Get Started Making Your Own Mulch…

#1 – Gather

To begin creating your own mulch, gather dead leaves into piles in your backyard. Also, collect the fallen tree limbs and dead branches. 

#2 – Shred

Get out your lawnmower and your wood chipper. Use the lawnmower to mow over the leaf piles. This will shred them into small pieces. Then, use the wood chipper to chop your limbs and branches into tiny bits.

Pro Tip: If you don’t have a wood chipper, no problem! You can rent one in most parts of the country for less than $100/day.

#3 – Combine

Once the leaves, limbs, and branches are in small pieces, use a shovel to combine these ingredients. You can even throw in some of your own compost to the mix. All of these together will work in harmony to protect your plants from heat and pests.

The Natural Solution

Mulch lays the groundwork for your garden and creates a place for your plants to flourish. To aid this effort, use Ultra®. Ultra® is a 100% organic, environmentally safe prebiotic that contains macro and micro-nutrients, vitamins, enzymes, amino acids, and complex carbohydrates that benefit both the soil and plants production and health. This AgriGro product is simple to use and can be applied to the soil, seed, roots and plant foliage to maximize growth and production.

To Use on Foliage:

Mix 1 to 2-oz. in one gallon of water and mist evenly onto plant foliage every 7 to 14 days. Water as usual. For best results, apply it in the early morning or late evening, not in direct sunlight when temperatures exceed 85-degrees F.

Ultra® is sure to be a great compliment to your mulching efforts – helping you grow the way nature intended!

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