Mulching – the easy way

young tomato plant with grass mulch around it

What is mulching?

a protective covering (as of sawdust, compost, or paper) spread or left on the ground to reduce evaporation, maintain even soil temperature, prevent erosion, control weeds, enrich the soil, or keep fruit (such as strawberries) clean

https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mulch

Mulch for free

Chipped wood and bark are some of the best types of mulch materials. However, these are not always easy to obtain. We have discovered that mulching can be also done in an easier and cost-free way. What we suggest is using grass clippings instead. We can find these in places where grass has been recently cut/mowed. All you have to do is to collect and dry it. If you do not have enough grass clippings from your own lawn, you can ask your neighbours to let you have theirs 🙂

grass clippings in a sack with a tomato plant in the background
We kept our grass clippings in a sack until they got dry

The best time to apply a grass clipping mulch is right after you have done weeding. We did our weeding after a rainy night. This way our mulch will keep the soil moist until the next watering/rainfall. To find more details about this way of mulching, please read this article.

God bless and happy mulching! 😀

PS A few days later and we can confirm that our mulch is doing its job (keeps the ground moist and prevents a significant number of weeds from coming up).

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