Sawdust For Garden Use: Tips For Using Sawdust As A Garden Mulch

The first thing you need to do when planting seeds in your garden is to make sure they are protected from frost. You can use straw or wood chips, but it’s better if you have some kind of soil to put them into. If you don’t have any soil, then you can try using saw dust. There are many different kinds of sawdust available. Some are made from tree bark, others from the leaves of trees such as birch and oak.

You can buy sawdust at hardware stores or online. You can also gather it yourself. Just look around your yard and see what you can find, but remember that there will be other plants growing nearby that could compete with your new crop!

How To Make Sawdust Mulch For Your Garden?

There are several ways to make sawdust mulch for your garden. One way is to simply cut up old tires and pile them up in a big pile. Another method is to take old newspapers, which contain lots of sawdust, and turn those into mulch. Both methods work well, but the second one requires more effort than the first one.

So which method should you choose?

After reading through both methods, you might decide that buying the sawdust is a better way to go. It’s cheaper and simpler than making it yourself. One of the main benefits of using sawdust in your garden is that it retains a lot of moisture. This helps keep the soil around your plants nice and damp. This is especially beneficial for seeds that need a moist environment in order to break through the surface. Using sawdust as a mulch in your garden can help prevent weeds from coming up as well, so you won’t have to weed as much.

Making Your Own Sawdust For The Garden:

You can make your own sawdust for your garden in several different ways. One way is to tear up old newspapers and let them rot down for a few months before using. This will create a nice, light-colored mulch that you can use around your plants.

Another way to make sawdust is to cut up old tires into one-inch cubes and let them rot for at least six months. This creates nice, dark-colored mulch that you can use in your garden. Both methods are effective, but most people prefer the second one because it tends to be softer on bare feet!

The first step in preparing your garden is to draw out a plan. You should draw out where everything is going to go so you don’t waste time (or valuable mulch) when you start to put it all in place. The next step is to clear the ground of all plant life. This can be done with a shovel or perhaps even a lawn mower if the plants are very small.

After clearing the area of all plant life, you should till the soil. Tilling the soil basically means turning it over so that the nutrients will be mixed in more evenly. You can do this by hand or perhaps even renting a tiller from a local hardware store. Once the soil is broken up and turned over, it’s time to add the mulch. Spread a three to four-inch layer of mulch over the entire garden.

Then plant your seeds or place your seedlings. Add more mulch on top to cover up the young plants.

The mulch should keep the weeds from growing, and it will also keep the soil nice and moist. There are different kinds of mulches that you can use as well. Some of them don’t decompose like sawdust does, but they’re often easier to work with and cheaper as well.

What Kinds Of Mulches Can You Use?

There are several kinds of mulches, and not all of them are going to be decomposed by micro-organisms in your garden. Here is a list of some of the different types of mulches that you can use for your garden:

Newspaper – As newspapers break down, they create a nice dark mulch. They’re easy to get a hold of and often free. You certainly don’t have to worry about them stealing your newspapers from the driveway when you’re done with them! One of the drawbacks of newspaper is that it takes several months before it starts to break down.

Pine Needles – If you have a pine tree in your yard, then you have a ready made mulch that you can use. Pine needles are very easy to get a hold of and work great as mulch. They don’t break down like other types of mulches, but they do have a nice scent and help to keep the soil cool.

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Cocoa Shells – Cocoa shells are another type of mulch that you can use. They’re often used for outdoor plants and come in a large shell. They are relatively easy to get a hold of as bakeries that use them often don’t want them back.

Peat Moss – Peat moss is the decomposed remains of plants that grow in bogs. It’s used for all different types of mulching jobs. It can be reused over and over again as long as it isn’t contaminated by heavy metals or other toxins.

Leaves – Yes, leaves make great mulch. They can be used for a single season and then decomposed for the next season. You should rake all the leaves into a big pile and let them sit over the winter. In the spring you can place them over your garden to decompose.

There are several other types of mulches as well that you may want to look into. As you can see, there are different mulches that work for different types of gardens. You don’t want to pick just any type of mulch and throw it over your plants. You need to think about what is best for the type of plant life that is already there and also the type of plants that you are going to be adding in the future.

What Kind Of Tools Should You Use?

Tools can make or break any project. When it comes to a garden, you want to make sure that you have all the proper tools on hand before beginning your project. You don’t want to get half way through and have to stop because you don’t have the right tool for the job.

Here is a list of some of the most common tools that you are going to need for your garden:

Spade – A spade is one of the hand tools that you are going to want to own. It’s perfect for turning over soil and cutting through roots as well.

Rake – A rake is great for leveling out soil and getting rid of any stones that you might come across. Just like with the spade you’re going to want to make sure that it’s a quality tool.

Watering Can – A watering can is going to be perfect for making sure that your plants get enough water. You don’t want to over or under water them, so a can is the way to go.

Trowel – A trowel is a hand tool that is used for planting small seeds and cuttings. It’s also great for transplanting small plants as well.

Hoe – A hoe is perfect for cutting through soil and getting rid of weeds that might be trying to take over. There are different types of hoes and each one has their own special use.

Wheelbarrow – A wheelbarrow is essential for any job that is going to require a lot of hauling. You can pick up a cheap one at any local department store or you can get a really nice one from a nursery.

Pruning Shears – Pruning shears are great for cutting through small branches and stems. They’re perfect for shaping plants and bushes as well.

Protective Gear – When you’re dealing with dirt, plants, and garden tools, you want to make sure that you’re always protected. This means wearing long pants, covered shoes, and even protective eyewear. You don’t want anything to get in your eyes when you’re chopping up a plant!

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It’s always a good idea to have a first aid kit on hand as well. Accidents can happen at any time, so it’s best to be prepared.

What You Shouldn’t Forget

Along with all of your tools and materials you’re also going to need to keep a few other essential items in mind as well. Most of these are common sense, but you would be surprised at how often people forget about them.

Water – It sounds simple enough, but you’re going to want to make sure that you have plenty of drinking water on hand. This is especially true if you’re going to be working on a large project.

Sun Protection – Just as it is important to protect your eyes and skin from the sun when you’re out in it, it’s also very important when you’re working outside. You don’t want to get a sunburn while you’re working. It will make the entire experience much more miserable for you.

Snacks – It’s always a good idea to keep healthy snacks on hand when you’re working. This is something that a lot of people forget. Eating junk food all day is not only bad for your health in the long run, but it’s going to make you feel sluggish and tired as well. A handful of trail mix or a piece of fruit is all you need to keep your energy up and your body running right.

Paper Towels – When you’re working on a project, you’re going to make a mess. Having a roll of paper towels nearby is a great way to keep yourself from making a bigger mess than you have to.

Remember, a successful project all comes down to the preparation. If you’re not prepared, then the entire job is going to be a nightmare for you. Don’t let that happen!

Step 2: Pick Your Project

This is the first step in making sure that your project turns out just the way you want it. While you might have a general idea of what you want to do, it’s always a good idea to make a list and check it twice. This will help make sure that you don’t miss anything and that you have everything you need.

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For many people, their first experience with gardening happens when they were very young. Maybe you had a garden with your parents or you had a science class where you grew a plant from a seed. No matter how you came about it, everyone has that one plant that they love more than anything else.

For me, that plant was a rose. I loved everything about it. The beautiful color, the unique smell, and how delicate it always seemed to be. To this day I still love roses and had a hard time cutting them down to use for this project, but it needed to be done.

When you’re choosing your plant, pick one that is meaningful to you for whatever reason. You’re going to have to spend a lot of time with this plant so you want something that is special to you.

For this instructable I’m going to be making a flower crown out of red roses that I grew myself.

Step 3: Acquiring Your Gardening Supplies

Now that you have your project in mind, it’s time to go acquire the materials you need. Start by gathering all of the tools you need and making sure they are in good working condition. Once you have your list of required materials, make a trip to the store to buy everything on the list. You don’t want to be halfway through your project and not have something you need.

Here is a list of materials that you will need for this project:

Roses (the type you choose is up to you)

Trowel

Gardening Gloves

Garden Clippers

Something to Cover Floor (Paper Towels, News Paper, Etc… Just make sure it’s biodegradable)

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Bucket

Scissors

Step 4: Preparing Your Work Area and Getting Rid of Thorns

Your first step in this project is to prepare your work area. If you’re like me, you don’t have a green thumb and you kill most house plants. For this reason, it’s a good idea to put a tarp or a garbage bag on the floor before you get started. This way if you accidentally spill dirt or water, it won’t make a mess.

Once you’ve covered your work area, remove your roses from their container and place them on the tarp. The next step is to get rid of all of the thorns. While some people keep the thorns to give their flowers a more wild look, I prefer to remove them so no one gets hurt when I’m finished. Use your garden clippers to carefully cut off the thorns. Make sure you get them all, as a thorn in the foot is the worst feeling ever.

While you have your clippers out, go ahead and cut off any leaves that are below the top set of petals. We just want the petals for our project. Also, be sure that you leave enough of the stem so that the rose doesn’t fall over when it’s being worn later.

Step 5: Determining How Many Roses You’ll Need

The next step is to start pinning your roses to the dress form. Do this as you go so you don’t waste any roses. The first rose is always the hardest to put on, so once you get past that, then it will get a lot easier. I would also recommend keeping in mind where the dress form’s joints are. You don’t want to put a rose directly over a joint or it will make the dress form look weird when your done.

Keep on adding roses until you have something that looks good to you. Because I’m making a crown for this project, I’m going to leave a row of five roses across the top of the form and then start a new row under that one. You’ll want to leave some roses in the back to fill in the gaps later.

Step 6: Wrapping the Rose Crown and Stem Prep

Now it’s time to wrap the crown with the ribbon. Start by measuring how long you need the ribbon to be. Once you have that length, cut a small slit in the middle of the ribbon so that it will go over your head when it’s placed on the form later.

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Now wrap the ribbon around the crown and pin it in place. Make sure you keep the ribbon straight and that it goes over the roses as you go. The next thing you need to do is prepare the stems, because once you put the flowers in your hair, you don’t want them coming unglued.

Take each rose and cut off the bottom 2/3 of the stem. Now you need to break off the sharp end on the inside of the rose. Do this by squeezing the bottom of the rose and gently pulling the petals apart. You’ll be able to see a small black string in the middle. Pull this out with your fingers or use needle nose pliers.

Be careful not to tear the rose.

Once you have all of the stems prepared, take the roses and place them in your hair starting at the front. You want to place them in a way that looks natural and flows with your hair. It will take some practice to get it right, but don’t give up. Once you have the roses in your hair, you’re done!

Congratulations on finishing your DIY Rose Crown!

Materials You’ll Need:

-1 dress form (optional)

-Roses (amount depends on how large of a crown you want to make)

-1 container of fake Roses (amount depends on how large of a crown you want to make)

-Thin Ribbon (depending on the size of your head, about 2.5 to 3 meters should do it for the ribbon. I used 1.5 m, but I have a big head)

-Thin wire (I found some wire hangers in my closet. You can also use fishing line or any other kind of thin string like material)

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Sources & references used in this article:

Irrigation, sawdust mulch, and Enhance® biocide affects soft rot incidence, and flower and tuber production of calla by PJ Wright, GK Burge – 2000 – Taylor & Francis

Assessment of the feasibility of using CCA (copper, chromium and arsenic)-treated and boric acid-treated sawdust as soil amendments by TW Speir, JA August, CW Feltham – Plant and Soil, 1992 – Springer

Mulch and fertilizer management practices for organic production of highbush blueberry. II. Impact on plant and soil nutrients during establishment by H Larco, BC Strik, DR Bryla, DM Sullivan – HortScience, 2013 – journals.ashs.org

Effect of Sawdust on the Germination and Seedling Growth of Several Turfgrasses1 by DV Waddington, WC Lincoln Jr, J Troll – Agronomy Journal, 1967 – Wiley Online Library

Organic production systems in northern highbush blueberry: I. Impact of planting method, cultivar, fertilizer, and mulch on yield and fruit quality from planting … by BC Strik, A Vance, DR Bryla, DM Sullivan – HortScience, 2017 – journals.ashs.org

Effects of peat and sawdust mulches and their leachates on the growth and certain metabolic reactions of the highbush blueberry:(Vaccinium corymbosum L … by JR Osborne – 1961 – open.library.ubc.ca

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