Max­i­mum mulch per­for­mance

Central Otago Mirror - - NEWS - Mulching tips

ger­mi­nat­ing seeds.

‘‘Chop and drop’’ weeds and leave them on top of the gar­den bed. Don’t do this with grasses and couch grass that will eas­ily re-root.

Chop some com­frey and place it around your toma­toes at reg­u­lar in­ter­vals dur­ing the grow­ing sea­son.

Spread grass clip­pings thinly over your beds if you don’t want to com­post them. Top up the mulch ev­ery time you mow.

You can also use plants as liv­ing mulches for your other plants, by us­ing plants to sup­press weeds and keep the soil cool. More on that another time.

◆ Ben Elms (aka Dr Com­post) gives com­post­ing ad­vice as part of the Dr Com­post project to re­duce food and gar­den waste go­ing to the land­fill, funded by Queen­stown Lakes Dis­trict Coun­cil.

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