We bought the mulcher when we moved to our new property and had hundreds of small wattle trees (weeds) to cut down to allow better pasture to grow for our cattle. With all the trees felled we didn’t want to light a huge fire and decided that mulching would be a better option. We bought a large, petrol-motor powered mulcher off ebay and waited impatiently for it to arrive (we always worry with ebay that it won't turn up at all!).It is great fun making mulch and so good for the garden! Mulch helps the soil to retain water and keeps the plant’s roots cool. As it breaks down, it adds organic matter to the soil. It also keeps weeds down. I couldn't garden without mulch, as the clay soil here would just dry up and go as hard as concrete, so the more mulch we can pile on, the better!
Before we had the mulcher, we used to buy mulch hay from a local farmer for $10/round bale. This also did a good job, but we can't get it anymore. We have also used sugar-cane mulch and wood shavings, but these become very expensive options and we needed something we could make ourselves to keep the cost down. As we have such a good supply of saplings still, the mulcher should keep us going for a while yet!
Last weekend we decided to do a final tidy up of the front paddock and cut down all the remaining saplings and loaded them onto the car trailer. We then spent about 4 hours mulching. My husband cuts the branches into suitable sizes and I push them through the mulcher. We had a very nice pile of mulch by the end of it, which I spread around the outside of the vege garden and on the internal paths.
For tidying up AND keeping a nice supply of mulch, the mulcher has been the perfect solution, so if you have plenty of unwanted saplings, I absolutely recommend buying or hiring mulcher.
|Spreading the mulch on the garden - you can never have too much mulch!|