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Posted by Josephine Ayre on Oct 09, 2012 in Chippers

Plenty of homeowners who are serious about providing their garden with the best care possible will choose to lay mulch out around their garden beds and around the bases of their shrubbery to ensure that the plants are receiving the nutrients they need to stay healthy. If you own a chipper, you might be interested to learn that you can make your own mulch using waste from your very own garden, making it a sustainable practice.

To make your own mulch, you will need to put bark, tree branches, sticks and even leaves through your chipper. The chunks that are produced won’t be uniform in size, but if you are into the rustic look or you can use the mulch in areas of your yard that aren’t often seen up close making your own could be the perfect solution.

So, what are the advantages of making your own mulch with your chipper? To begin with, as the mulch decomposes it will recycle nutrients into the soil; nutrients that your plants have already taken from the ground. Chippers mulch can also help to reduce the amount of moisture that is lost through the soil, which is very beneficial during times of drought.

Before feeding garden debris through your chipper, however, it is important that you thoroughly inspect your materials. If branches are diseased, infested with bugs or contain seeds, you will be passing these hazards onto the mulch. You should also avoid feeding boards and construction timber into your chipper, as they contain preservatives and could damage the cutting mechanism.