Alfalfa Flakes For Mulching
On the subject of mulching to control weeds, I would like to add that flakes (or the two to four inch thick sheets that naturally peel off a bale) of alfalfa hay work very, very well. They are thick enough to prevent most any weed from germinating through them, and there are enzymes in the alfalfa (not to mention the nitrogen) that promote growth of whatever plants you are mulching. Other mulch or decorative rocks can be put over the top for a more finished look.
If you are in a rural area, you can often run a cheap ad in an appropriate newspaper for hay that is too spoiled to be usable for feed for livestock. Most people will give it away or sell it very cheaply in this condition. If that is not an option, it can of course be purchased from a feed store. Alfalfa hay or hay pellets can be used in your compost bin to add the benefits of alfalfa.
By Gina J. from Colorado
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