How Can You Create Your Own Mulch?

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Branches, Bark, and Even Pine Needles

Perhaps some little animals are to blame for the peeling bark fragments that are strewn all over your yard?
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Newspaper

This is a terrific way to recycle your old papers (no more than 1990) if you still enjoy receiving your newspaper delivered in print without having to leave your home!
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Leaves

Cut them up with a lawnmower over a 2-inch spread. Alternatively, use hedge trimmers, but make sure the leaves are no larger than a dime.
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Grass clippings

Although grass-based mulch is the most effective, it has significant drawbacks. Keep your clippings dry and pesticide-free.
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Compost

The best compost for mulching is aged compost, which has turned black. Once compost is ready for your yard, the stench should be gone.
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Straw

A heartleaf philodendron in a white and beige pot on a wood-legged white plant stand against a white wall.