Mulching Your Garden Waste and Cleared Vegetation to Create Valuable, Nutrient-Rich Compost

Posted on: 8 March 2021

Gardens and many other kinds of outdoor areas require regular maintenance such as pruning, weeding, trimming and mowing, which generally produces large amounts of garden waste. This waste usually ends up in a landfill or is left out for the council's green waste collection services to pick up, and the waste is then mulched and used elsewhere. Instead of giving valuable garden waste away, why not turn it into nutrient-rich compost so that it can be returned to directly benefit your garden and soil?

Mulching is a fast and effective way to recycle garden waste while at the same time benefitting your garden. This natural, free resource can be used as either compost or as a neat topsoil dressing, returning the nutrients back to the soil while also helping to condition it, conserving moisture and suppressing weeds. You can mulch your garden clippings at home with a domestic shredder or mulcher or, alternatively, you can hire a mulching service if you don't have the time or the necessary equipment to do the job. Either way, the more you mulch and reuse your garden waste, the less that has to end up in a landfill and the more the environment will benefit, too. 

Mulching equipment can be suited to any size project, large or small, and is often suited to both domestic and commercial projects, from small or landscaped gardens to fruit tree farms, acreages and forest trails. Special mulching heads or attachments are used to clear vegetation and mulch it at the same time. For example, a forestry machine with a rotary drum attachment can mulch a tree up to 30 cm in diameter with its steel teeth. Mulching equipment can also maneuver around steep slopes or tight areas and is built to handle mulching tough grass, weedy vegetation and even trees, stumps and overhanging branches. It is often used to clean up and control weeds around buildings and along roadsides, clear access tracks and overgrown blocks, or clear and mulch large acreages and parks.

There are other benefits to mulching as well; for example, mulching helps with wildfire prevention and management. As vegetation is cleared in preparation for the bush fire season, mulching the cleared vegetation at the same time to a coarse grind turns it into a much safer, easier-to-manage material that also lessens any potential fire risk. This is also a great way to create clean and neat fire breaks and clear overgrown pathways. Plus, applying a layer of mulch to slopes or along the banks of waterways can help prevent erosion of the topsoil.

To learn more, contact a mulching company.


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