Using Compost as Garden Mulch
There is probably no better mulch for use around your plants, than properly
decomposed, organic garden compost. Many gardeners consider it the best,
and only, mulch to use.
Garden compost provides all of the benefits of any other mulches. In addition,
it is organic, it feeds your plants, and as it breaks down, it conditions
your soil. Here's another great benefit...... it's free!
The only downside to using compost as a mulch, is that it breaks down into
the soil somewhat quickly. You may have to apply a second application during
the growing season. In the vegetable garden, many gardeners see the quick
breakdown of compost as an advantage, as cleanup in the fall is easier.....
just till the remaining compost / mulch into your garden.
How to Use Compost as Mulch
Use nutrient rich garden compost for mulching around all of your plants, like you would
with any other mulch.
First, weed around your plants.
Then, apply a thick layer of compost around the plants. As long as the materials
in the compost have decomposed, you can spread the compost right up to the
Apply a second layer later in the season, if needed.
That's all there is to it!
Mulching Compost Tip: Make sure the materials are properly decomposed.
Proper decomposition will kill weed seeds and pathogens in the raw materials.
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