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You Will Need
- Grass clippings
- Dead leaves
- Bark chips
- Inorganic mulch
- Wire tomato baskets
Choose mulch type
Choose either organic mulch that will provide your garden with nutrients or inorganic mulch that can withstand the elements and not decompose.
Collect organic mulches at home
Collect organic mulches around your yard such as grass clippings, dead leaves, bark chips, and composted fruits and vegetables from the kitchen.
Purchase inorganic mulch
Purchase inorganic mulch such as crushed stone, plastic chips, and glass beads from home and garden centers.
Time your application
Mulch after the ground has warmed as covering the soil too early could trap cold, moist air; it can also stunt plant growth and allow diseases to flourish.
Weed and aerate soil
Weed and aerate the soil before applying your mulch. Mix in any fertilizer or manure at this time.
Protect small plants
Protect small plants and seedlings using wire tomato baskets and keep 1 inch of open soil around the plant.
Apply correct amount
Apply 2 to 4 inches of bark, wood chips, and grass clippings. Apply 3 to 4 inches of leaves and compost. Reinforce over the season and enjoy the favor you're doing your garden.