Benefits of Using Tea Leaves as Mulch in Your Garden

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The Importance of Mulching for a Healthy Garden

Mulching is a gardening practice that adds organic matter and nutrients to the soil. Mulching can also suppress weed growth, keep down the growth of harmful organisms, and conserve water. Proper mulching will help your garden's plant life grow healthy and strong.

There are many benefits to mulching your garden including: 

  • keeping weeds at bay
  • adding nutrients to the soil
  • adding organic matter to the soil
  • regulating temperature 
  • preserving moisture 
  • promoting root growth

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WHAT IS TEA?

I love having a cup of tea before bedtime, it's one of my favourite rituals, and it seems I’m not the only one. There is evidence to suggest that tea first originated more than six thousand years ago, and that same plant, Camellia sinensis, is still grown and used to make tea today.

Camellia sinensis, aka the tea plant, is an evergreen plant that grows in various climates. Tea varieties include green, white, black and oolong.

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WHY TEA LEAVES ARE PERFECT TO USE IN YOUR GARDEN MULCH

The concept of mulching is an age-old tradition in gardening. It is a technique that can be traced back to antiquity. Mulching provides many benefits, including adding organic material to the soil, improving soil quality, and controlling weeds.

In this article, you will learn why tea leaves are the perfect mulching option for your garden.

In addition to providing a natural fertilizer for your plants, there are other benefits from using leaves as mulch in your garden:

  • Leaves contain a natural pesticide that helps control aphids and other insects. The time-released form of nitrogen in the leaves also promotes plant growth and protects them from stress during cold winters.
  • Leaves are rich in nutrients and when they break down, the bacteria in the soil will decompose them and release nitrogen and phosphorus. These nutrients can then be absorbed by plants that need it to grow.
  • Add your tea leaves to other compostable household waste such as waste collected by the vacuum cleaner, dryer lint, newspapers and small veg scraps.

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WHAT TO CONSIDER WHEN USING TEA LEAVES AS GARDEN MULCH 

It is important that the tea leaves are not too wet or they will not decompose but instead become slimy and anaerobic.

It is also important to consider if you have any pets in your household. Make sure that the tea leaves are not poisonous to your pets, because if they eat them, it could lead to some serious health complications.

You can rest assured that the tea we use at Collombatti Naturals is 100% natural and is perfectly fine to throw straight into your garden or to add to your compost

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THE BENEFITS OF MULCHING WITH TEA LEAVES AND WHY YOU SHOULD GIVE IT A TRY 

A lot of people are not aware of the benefits of mulching with tea leaves.  Not only is it great for the garden but using it in the home garden saves it going to waste as landfill.

Mulching with tea leaves can play a major role in your garden’s health and growth. It will suppress weeds, provide soil with nitrogen, and help create a moist environment for your plants.

So why not give it a try today?