Mulch is an essential ingredient for fertile lawns and gardens. Mulch comes in a variety of shapes, sizes, and types. Dry mulch generally consists primarily of grass clippings, leaves, and other dry material found on lawns and under trees. You can use fresh cut grass as well as bagged grass clippings from other yards. To effectively treat your lawn, do the following:
Step 1 – Select your cutouts
Collecting clippings is simple. Harvest your clippings after mowing, either by collecting them in your mower bag or by removing them from the cut grass. Cutouts and sheets are not the same size for everyone. Select your grass clippings carefully. Avoid clippings that have recently been treated with herbicides. Make sure grass clippings have not been exposed to toxins for at least 3 weeks. Also, try to avoid clippings that have clipped dandelion heads. If the dandelion heads are white and fluffy, they have turned into seeds. Your mulch will have the dandelion seeds embedded in it. Be sure to pay special 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 container or you can just dump the clippings in the same area every time. It’s best to use something that has a lid to prevent critters from getting into the compost pile and nesting. Make sure to wear a face mask while applying the fertilizer granules or powder.
Step 3 – Apply your compost
Using a wheelbarrow and shovel, fill the wheelbarrow with the dry composted mulch. Dump the mulched wheelbarrow in the upper right corner of your lawn. Go back to your dry composted mulch and refill the wheelbarrow. Dump this load of mulch about 2 to 4 feet away from the original dry mulch pile. Continue until your lawn is covered with small piles of dry composted mulch.
Using a rake, apply the mulch in an even pattern throughout the lawn. Try to spread the mulch evenly over the entire surface. Also, make sure you don’t use too much. Be sure to cover your lawn with about ½ to ¾ inch of the dry mulch.
Step 4 – water the grass
Water your weed lightly. Do not mow for about 4 to 5 days until the mulch has had a chance to fertilize your lawn and help the lawn to be re-seeded.
Step 5 – Reapply mulch
Wait 6 to 8 weeks before re-mulching your lawn. Don’t mulch too much; otherwise you could end up with grass that cannot breathe and therefore will germinate and grow poorly.