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Mulch with your own hands

My aunt is an amazing woman. In its economy do not even disappear, it would seem, the most useless things. She manages to find an application for everything: old furniture, dishes, clothes and even paper. Last weekend I found her for an amazing, in my opinion, occupation: my aunt laid out on the garden of the newspaper and abundantly watered them with water.

My jaw dropped from astonishment ... on my predictable question "why?" She replied without stopping from her occupation: "I do Mulch For strawberries. " About what mulch is and why it is needed, I already found out for a cup of tea with strawberry jam. Now I hasten to share important information for every summer resident!


Mulch - where to take it in the spring

To protect crops from weeds,Many gardeners use a simple trick. They spread on the prepared beds a small protective layer of paper (you can use newspapers, cardboard, bark or sawdust), water it with water, and then plant plants.

Mulch - where to take it in the spring

The sun's rays do not penetrate the thick layerMulch and shoots of weeds quickly perish. In addition, the mulch retains moisture much longer, and also prevents water splashing and blurring of the upper soil layer. Try to make a simple Mulch from newspapers, You will be shocked by the effectiveness of this method!

You will need

  • Newspaper or cardboard
  • bucket
  • water
  • knife

  1. Pour a few liters of water into the bucket. Soak in the liquid of the newspaper. Do it carefully, soaking each newspaper separately.
    Mulch - where to take it in the spring
  2. Spread out the newspapers in 5 layers on the beds and sprinkle with a small amount of land, so that the wind does not spread paper all over the site.
    Mulch - where to take it in the spring
  3. Cut through holes in the newspapers with a knife andPlant cultivated plants. Newspapers are excellent as mulch for annual plants, because by autumn they completely decompose. For perennial crops you can use cardboard.
    Mulch - where to take it in the spring

It is important to know: weeds can not be used as mulch (even broken and processed by chemical means), as well as fallen leaves (they can be carriers of harmful microbes or fungi).

Our editorate wishes you a successful start of the season! Do not forget to learn even more tricks from experienced summer residents.