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If there are many possibilities of mulching, there is one more durable, more colorful and more fun than the others: it is mineral mulching. Unlike a perishable organic mulch which will eventually decompose while bringing humus to the soil, mineral mulch settles for a long time, even for a very long time and without yielding to the earth . To find reasons to use it, you will have to look elsewhere for its benefits. Certainly, it is not without advantages, but it will not necessarily suit all plants. His favorite playground? Rocky plants, but not only. Note that it allows the earth to warm up faster - a feature that minerals have to store calories easily -, which will do the trick for some plants hungry for heat ... even some lizards. It is not biodegradable, which allows it to be reused endlessly, a detail that is important today. Then, like all mulching, it limits the evaporation of water (which it retains in its fragments) and complicates the regrowth of unwanted weeds. And finally, he will claim his colors loud and clear for anyone who deigns to give him a look. Be careful though that it does not shade the plants by stealing the leading role! In this practical sheet, we will see how to reuse and rehabilitate old materials, such as bricks, tiles and slates. The playful side mentioned above comes simply from the fact that we will have to play the stonemasons, for the greatest happiness of the little ones ... and the big ones!
Difficulty : easy Cost : 0 € Tools required : - a mass - gloves - glasses Optional tools : - a box
Step 1: Take inventory!
What will I mulch, and what colors will I use? Here are the two questions that it is time to answer.
Collect the items you will use. If possible, pay attention to the marriage of colors. Here, we will use yellow Saint Romain tiles from a renovation, bricks from an old fireplace and old slates from an old roof.
Step 2: Go there with a good heart!
If you had something against your husband, this is the time to evacuate your old bitterness, you will be able to give it to your heart. You still have to take a few precautions before jumping into battle. You must wear glasses, especially since you will not be using cardboard. This will save you from running around to pick up the little shards that are sure to escape in all directions.
Step 3: Sort it out!
It's almost finished, we will now have to sort it out a bit.
You will only keep large and medium pieces of reasonable size. The small fragments will eventually sink into the ground, and when replanting, it will be necessary to sort between earth and stone…
Step 4: Position your aggregates!
At this point, you should have a little idea of how you are going to arrange your aggregates of stones, tiles and slates. Slates are more difficult to place, you may need to position them one by one depending on their size and the flora present.
For small pieces of brick and slate, a garbage shovel is a great invention.
Step 5: Water!
You haven't really gardened, but your plants have been thirsty to watch you do it. This will especially remove dust and clean the pieces, for a more beautiful final appearance.
It's over, a little ray of sunshine illuminates your flower beds, you smile, you are proud of yourself.