5 ideas for reusing green waste in the garden

When you take care of your garden, green waste such as cut waste, dead leaves, branches after brushing, falling after pruning, etc. will inevitably be generated. These natural elements are reusable, especially in your garden. Here are 5 ideas for reusing green waste in the garden.

1) Make the compost yourself

When we talk about natural fertilizer, we quickly think of compost. It feeds your plants and provides the nutrients they need to thrive. Most green waste finds its place perfectly in compost. You can put dead leaves, tops, chips, faded flowers, coffee grounds, vegetable peels, fallen fruit that can no longer be eaten, crushed branches, etc.

2) Recycle large branches

Re-use of branches after pruning or, for example, the remnants of hedgerow care is more difficult. It is still worth noting that the incineration of green waste itself without the permission of the prefecture is prohibited by law. You can use an electric shredder to recycle most of the waste. This allows you to reuse cutting roses, twigs, cedars and other debris that is a little trickier to handle in a small form, such as sawdust. In addition, sawdust blends perfectly into the compost.

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3) Mulching in the garden

Another idea for reusing green waste in the garden: mulching. Whether it’s keeping the soil cool in the summer or keeping the roots warm in the winter, good mulch at the root of the plant is often helpful. In addition, depending on the materials used for the mold, it can become a source of nutrients for the soil and thus for the plants. After all, they are organic materials that can contain, for example, nitrogen or potassium.

4) Help the animals

If you’re lucky enough to have a few chickens, rabbits, pigs, and other yard animals, you can offer them carrot tops, straw, lettuce leaves, vegetable peels, anything that is ultimately herbal.

5) Donate green waste

For example, it is possible to donate green waste to your municipality, which may have set up a selective collection system. Otherwise, just make a simple request to City Hall. The municipality reuses them for compost, for example. There are also companies that will collect the largest volumes.

You can also grind them and use them as a source of energy for your grill, fireplace or wood stove. You just have to remember to let the wood dry well so it can be burning. Don’t hesitate to share them with your neighbors and grill with friends!