Growing tropical-looking plants in the Phoenix, Arizona area. With a wiener dog.

July 6, 2015

Mulching your garden for free

Mulch is any type of material that helps to hold in moisture in the soil of your garden. It can be fine gravel, rocks, bark, that sort of thing. And you can buy bags of it at Home Depot. But if you have trees, you can get your mulch for free. I've been doing it for years.

I have two olive trees, one in the front courtyard and one in the backyard. The one in the backyard drops its leaves all of the time and all I have to do is to blow them up into the garden. But sometimes I want even more mulch, and I wander out front with a reusable shopping bag.

To my amazement, I've seen people carefully sweep up the free mulch that falls from their trees, put it in plastic bags, put it in the trash, and add to their local landfill. Then they drive over to Home Depot, buy bags of mulch, and then throw away the plastic bags. - sigh -

Anyway, all you gotta do is to scoop up the mulch, put it in a bag, and then distribute it over the garden. The leaves are dry, so it's best to go water it all in afterwards. That's what I'm gonna go do right now.

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