Mulching

  • Grass clippings, leaves and woody yard wastes can be used as mulch in the gardens and around shrubs.
  • Mulching with compost keeps the soil moist, controls weed growth and adds nutrients.
  • Use a mulch of pine needles around acid loving plants.
  • Leaves work first as a mulch, then as soil enrichment as they decompose.
  • Grass clippings should be dried before using as mulch.
  • Do not mulch with grass clippings treated with herbicides.  Composting them first will break down most of the herbicides.