Putting removed thatch to good use
Even experienced gardeners are continually amazed how much thatch is removed when the lawn is scarified. This garden waste must never be thrown away – instead, it can be recycled in the garden and turned into a valuable fertiliser. If the thatch is free of weed seeds, it can be used as mulch in beds: Roughen the surface of the soil using a cultivator, apply a layer of thatch approximately five centimetres thick and spread the mulch—except under rhododendron and other ericaceous plants—with 50 g/m² of garden lime.
Using garden waste as mulch
It is not only grass clippings that can be used to cover beds with a mulch layer, but also waste from pruning and trimming. Before you use it in this way, you first need to chop it up using a garden shredder. If you only have a small amount of trimmings, you can use secateurs and a garden hatchet to chop them up quickly.
Mulching your beds has many benefits: It suppresses weed growth, keeps the soil moist, activates the organisms in the soil and provides plant nutrients.