Lawn keepers and farmers know that following the natural cycle of fertilization helps increase productivity of the ground.
Trees are the biggest source of natural fertilizers. Leaves, twigs, barks and tree trunks decompose to produce mulch that is rich in organic ingredients.
When applied to the ground, mulch helps with soil improvement and water conservation which is vital for healthy growth of the plants. There can be several types of mulch of which five types are suitable for Texas weather and soil type, listed below.
If you are growing acid-loving plants such as rhododendron and strawberries, applying sawdust will provide results. Sawdust mulch has large surface area and decays rapidly to temporarily increase the acidity level of the soil which is ideal for growing plants that thrive at a pH level between 5.5 and 6.5.
Sawdust needs to be replenished on yearly basis and can be used to improve the look of your garden by placing it in a way that it graces your walkway. Make sure that the sawdust does not come from construction materials such as plywood which contain chemicals detrimental for growth of the plants.
Wood chips is the leftover of a tree produced when the stump is grinded to remove it from the ground. You can get free wood chip from tree trimming services in your area and use it to mulch your garden bed.
Apply mulch around the plants and make a 2-inch thick layer of wood chips which also serves as breeding ground for plant friendly earthworms. As long as there is fresh supply of wood chips spread on the garden beds, the roots will be naturally aerated by the action of earth worms. Weeds would also remain under control.
Hay and Straw
This is another available mulch form which can be obtained by mixing dried grass clippings and straw. It increases nitrogen level in the soil as it decomposes. It should be used in controlled amounts as excessive quantities can result in weeding problems. Furthermore, the rotting mulch would leave off a deplorable stench.
Bark peelings from Cedar and Pine trees are an excellent choice when you want the soil to retain moisture. Simply spread a load of bark mulch on your garden soil and spray water. The mulch will absorb moisture and will remain damp for a long time and prevent evaporation. Cedar mulch is more costly as it contains natural oils which work as pest repellent.
You can make your own compost at home by storing fruit and vegetable peelings, used tea leaves, papers and any organic waste you can find, in a bucket. Cover the bucket with a thick piece of carpet and let it decompose for some time. When the contents of the bucket have decayed to a black color, apply it on your garden soil. As the compost slowly mixes with the soil, it adds organic nutrients to increase soil productiveness.
Trees Inc. of Denton provides tree trimming, tree removal, stump grinding and soil remediation services to residents of Flower mound, Lewisville and Highland Village, TX. Contact us today to get free estimates for your landscaping needs.