We used 25 to 30 bags of mulch in my mother’s yard this year. My husband buys it by the yard (loose) and brings it to our house in the back of a truck. I am trying to compare the price to see which is more economical. I just need to know how many bags are in a yard.
The cubic feet volume should be printed on the bag somewhere.
There are 27 cubic feet in a cubic yard, so if the bag is 3 cubic feet you need 9 bags to make a yard. If the bags are 1.5 cubic feet, you need 18 of them.
It is almost always more economical to buy by the truckload.
I don’t have enough land to own a farm or any large scale cultivation project. My original idea was to grow bonsai trees, but a 4 year old tree goes for $20. I don’t see how anyone in the world can make any sustainable income off of that.
I can grow anything from cacti to flowers to a full blown tree (don’t have enough space for a tree).
Any ideas on how I can turn my gardening ability into a business?
You didn’t say how much space you do have but you might consider herbs. Many of them don’t take a lot of space and fresh ones are very popular.
I agreed to build my Mom a garden this year for Mothers Day.
So I utilized both sheet mulching methods and again, incorporated ideas from the “lasagna gardening” concept.
The cool thing about this sort of garden is that while initial input is great, it will be self sustaining and will require only very little maintenance in the years to come.
Not to mention, it is going to be prime for this sort of climate with water issues!
So, if you haven’t already noticed, I’m quite obsessed with mulching.I have my reasons,
1. is water
2. is that I’m trying to create a habitat that is conducive towards beneficial microbes and insects which are in fact going to be doing the work of maintaining high quality soil for my plants.
There is a misconception that fertilizers are what cause your plants to grow. In fact, there is a symbiotic relationship present between the insects and microbes and fungus and plants, they are all interconnected and share with one another the benefits of each others toil. So you want to encourage their growth and proliferation!
Mulch gives them a refuge from the harsh rays of the sun, and allows them to work during the day. Biofilm’s are matrix like structures built from the living processes of bacteria. These have the ability to transform a soil’s PH and increase it’s water retaining capabilities. It is all so very fascinating!
Mulch is also food for microorganisms and insects and fungi. The Earth worms often visit the surface of the soil in an attempt to forage for organic matter which is in part a large portion of their diet.
In doing so, they constantly aerate and till the soil for you! But they aren’t going to be doing that sort of work unless they have incentive, (i.e. Food and Shelter) so, you provide them with both and walla! Micro-tillers do the sort of work your rototiller will never get done.
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Mulching is an essential part of good garden practices. And if you’ve ever done any landscaping around your home, you know that a generous layer of mulch around your plants can give your garden a nice finished look. But it’s about a lot more than just looks.
Mulch is very functional. It can keep moisture in and weeds out. And with the fall and winter ahead, it can offer your plants some measure of protection. I’ve actually brought things through that weren’t regarded as cold hardy by putting an extra layer of mulch on them.
Now there is a whole range of mulches to choose from – various kinds of straws, wood chips, even newspapers. But what I like to use in my flowerbeds is a ground up pine bark. I like it because it looks natural in my garden. And while eventually it will decompose and work itself into the soil, because it’s a bark, it’s very durable. Let me explain what I mean by this.
You see, the outer covering or bark of a tree acts as a protective layer. It’s actually waterproof and it’s made waterproof by waxes and suberant, which don’t exist in the core of the tree. So it just makes sense that bark products will be longer lasting in your flowerbed.
The longevity of bark as a mulch has actually been studied and found that it only decomposed by about thirty percent having been on the ground for up to two years. Of course the larger the chip, the longer it lasts. If you’re looking for something very long lasting, you might give bark a try.
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Should I buy a few bags of new mulch and spread around? I have about 1.5 yards that has silver-ish color mulch and I want to add color so it looks better. I have about 3 inches of mulch still left over from last year that turned silver.
Yes, just put new mulch over the old mulch.
I am new to the whole gardening thing and i just planted 4 yellow tomato plants. Do you have any gardening tips?
This is what you want to do… find a mentor. A neighbor, a friend, a relative, someone who lives near you and is a green thumb. Not only will they give you great advice geared towards your climate zone, they will probably also give you all kinds of clippings and plantings to use in your own garden!