Last Updated on June 18, 2020 by MakeThingsReal
Mulching is the spreading of materials around the soil or over the plant. Its purpose is to enrich the soil, keep the moisture of the soil, and keep the weeds from spreading. Mulching can also make a garden look attractive. Mulching materials can be organic and inorganic. Materials for the inorganic mulchers are plastic, stones, rubber fragments, brick fragments. Yet, the organic materials are more desirable because of its soil – improvement properties. In the case of an organic mulch, this can be very effective to develop or enhance soil’s fertility because of the materials that it is made of. Some generally used for the organic mulching are lawn clippings, shredded bark of the trees, straw, compos, shredded leaves, chipped bark and twigs. Leaves are readily available material to use as mulch as the leaves smothers the weeds effectively, and holds the soil moisture very well , However, whole leaves tends to compact if it is wet. If it is dry, then is very easy to be blown away. Shredding the leaves makes it readily available for composting and mulching.
Lawn experts have recommended mulching over the years because of its benefits to the lawns and the ecosystem in general. However, lawn care and mulching for some have become tedious. Cleaning your yard after cutting the lawn or after the leaves have fallen can be time consuming and tiring. Lawn clearing and maintenance are arduous tasks that can be made easier. Using a blower or a sweeper to collect the leaves may be fine if you have a pretty large yard and a number of trees, you may want something else. Raking is no longer that popular as it very bad for people with problems at the back. Besides, raking will just gather the leaves and will not shred then to pieces. A better option for raking is mulching as it is easier on the back and the other wonderful benefits it can give to the lawn and gardens. Mulching is also a great way to dispose of the leaves, especially if the lawn is relatively large. However, some find mulching tedious and labor- intensive. While mulching may seem difficult for some, there are already aids in the successful management of the leaves. These are the lawn care equipment’s and machines.
Machines can assist us in performance of strenuous task, especially in harnessing the wonderful elements from a lowly leaf. Tasks that are too tedious and heavy for the human capacity can easily be done by machines. Machine prides itself in the speed with which it works and in these world of technology, speed matter a lot. The use of the lawn and garden machines allows you to significantly reduce the time and effort in maintaining that spotless lawn at any time. Without the aid of machinery, certain jobs would not have been done. The presence of machines to aid in lawn would even make the tasks easier and even enjoyable.
There are a number of machines for lawn care but what makes the leaf mulcher indispensable and highly desirable? What is the best thing about a leaf mulcher? Leaf mulchers are very effective tools to create a mulch. Land mowers can also be used to shred the leaves yet only a leaf mulcher will do it best. To simulate mulching, the lawn mowers are made to pass through the leaves on the lawn for many times. However, no matter how efficient the lawn mower is, there is no substitute for a leaf mulcher in making the mulch. A standard lawn – mowing blade is not fitted for mulching leaves since it is not serrated unlike he blade of the mulchers. Mulch mowers are also effective for mulching. These machines mow the lawn and the blades on the mulch mower rotate at a high – speed shredding the grass and distributing Thus, its ability to shredded leaves up to a dime – size or even smaller. The smaller the shredded leaves the better so that it will decompose faster as microbes react on them. In turn, grasses will grow better in time for the spring, the mulched leaves has disappeared and the grass has look greener. The leaf mulcher can also save on the costs as compared to raking. When leaves are raked and bagged, trucks will be needed to pick up the bags which will be thrown in the landfill. If the leaves are burned, fumes will be emitted endangering the atmosphere.
Leaf mulchers come in different types and forms. Yet the best leaf mulcher must make the tasks of lawn maintenance a breeze. There are qualities of a leaf mulcher that will make it desirable. First is the performance, this is looking at how much power the machine can exert and this can be measured by the horsepower of the machine. The bigger the horsepower, the stronger is the shredding power that it can execute, thereby making the task a lot easier. Mulchers can also come as gas or electric powered. Gas powered are generally of the older generation. The benefit derived from this type of engine is that it can be carried around conveniently, especially if your lawn is wide. The other type which is the electric one is more desired since its engine tends to be more quiet and cleaner. Most mulchers that are electric – powered are smaller and lighter than the gas – powered ones. The setback for these types of mulchers is the need for power source at all times thus, the inconvenience in securing the extension cord. Therefore, the best mulcher would be the hybrids – those that can be powered through electricity and the battery.
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