Mulch is an essential ingredient to fertile gardens and lawns. Mulch comes in a variety of shapes, sizes and types. Dried mulch usually consists mainly of grass clippings, leaves and other dried material that is found in your lawn and under your trees. You can use fresh cut grass as well as bagged grass clippings from other yards. In order to treat your lawn effectively, do the following:
Step 1 – Select Your Clippings
Collecting clippings is simple. Harvest your clippings after you have cut your lawn, either by collecting them in your mower bag or by raking them free from the cut lawn. Clippings and leaves are not all one size fits all. Select your grass clippings carefully. Avoid clippings that have been recently treated with herbicides. Make sure the lawn clippings have been free from exposure of any toxins for at least 3 weeks. Also, try and avoid clippings that have clipped dandelion heads. If the dandelion heads are white and fluffy, they have turned to seed. Your mulch will have the dandelion seeds embedded. Make sure you pay extra attention to what you are adding to your dry compost and mulch.
Step 2 – Create a Compost Section
Create a dry compost section separate from your wet compost area. You can use a bin or you can just dump the clippings in the same area all the time. It is best to use something that has a lid to prevent critters from entering into the compost pile and nesting. Make sure you wear a face mask as you apply the fertilizer pellets or dust.
Step 3 – Apply Your Compost
Using a wheelbarrow and a shovel, fill the wheelbarrow with the composted dry mulch. Dump the wheelbarrow full of mulch in the top right hand corner of your lawn. Go back to your composted dry mulch and fill the wheelbarrow again. Dump this load of mulch about 2 to 4 feet away from the original pile of dry mulch. Proceed until your lawn is covered with small heaps of composted dry mulch.
Using a rake, apply the mulch in an even pattern throughout your lawn. Try to evenly spread the mulch across the entire surface. In addition, make sure you do not use too much. Make sure you only cover your grass with about ½ to ¾ of an inch of the dry mulch material.
Step 4 – Water the Grass
Water your grass lightly. Do not cut your grass for about 4 to 5 days until the mulch has had a chance to fertilize your grass and help the grass reseed itself.
Step 5 – Re-Apply Mulch
Allow 6 to 8 weeks before reapplying new mulch to your lawn. Do not over mulch otherwise you may end up with grass that has the inability to breathe and therefore will germinate and grow poorly.