Using Compost for Mulch

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Using compost from compost heaps or compost bins for mulch, the amount to use and learn about seasonal changes in this free gardening video. View Video Transcript

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Yolanda Vanveen

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Hi. This is Yolanda Vanveen on behalf of Expert Village. In this series, we are learning all about how to start a compost heap. In this segment, we are going to talk about how to mulch with compost. So, when I use my own compost, I use it as the basis of my flower beds. So the first couple of inches, I'll use my own compost and then I'll use the garden center compost for the next four inches. In the fall is a great time to mulch because then you have all winter for the grass clippings and the leaves and the branches to break down and to compost by the spring. Mulch is a great thing to use if you have some tender plants; plants like cantalilies or dalias that won't make a really hard winter. All you have to do is put a couple inches or even six inches of mulch on top of them (which is basically grass clippings or leaf clippings that have not turned into compost yet) and by summer time, they are compost. So, it's a really easy trick that you can use in your own garden. You don't have to go out and buy mulch or compost. Just use the leaves out of your own garden or use the grass clippings. Or when you cut down your flowers when they turn brown, just leave them on top of the bed and put another layer of compost on top of that to hide it. There are so many easy tips and tricks to make your garden gorgeous using compost. The next tip we will talk about is why you should never use manure in your garden.