Gardeners know that top dressing garden soil with mulch is an effective step in conserving soil moisture and retarding weed growth.
That's all good, but I also want my mulch to beautify my garden!
Here are some ideas for "out of the box" mulch ideas that put some common collectible items to work in the garden.
If you collect seashells or sea glass, take them out of that coffee can or glass jar that is sitting on your book case and use them as a decorative mulch in one of your container gardens!
Ornamental grasses become "wild dune grasses" when finished off with sea glass.
Use weed cloth between the soil and shells to keep the shells from becoming buried in the soil after watering.
Wine drinkers- re-purpose wine corks as mulch in a fragrant culinary herb garden instead of throwing them away.
"If you are going to be a lush, you might as well have a lush garden!"
Designer Peter Crompton shared this idea with me.
See your favorite vintage in this wine cork collection?
This is a great conversation starter!
A common jade plant looks like a horticultural sculpture in this glazed cobalt container with vivid orange tumbled glass mulch and glass rock.
Give your plant a year-round display with decorative mulches.
You can also use broken ceramic, hand painted tiles, nut shells, and other material that will not rot or break down with water.
Got any new ideas for me?