Turn that Junk Mail into Garden Mulch

All you have to do is look into your mail box and you will see how much junk mail you get on a daily basis.  Junk mail is unwanted, wastes paper and other materials and ends up on our garbage heaps in huge numbers all over the country.  Turn this unwanted mail into garden mulch with this easy gardening life hack.

Turn Junk Mail into garden Mulch

Got Junk Mail?  Make garden Mulch!

Most cities now have recycling for junk mail, but it can also be used in your garden too!  Get the junk mail off of your desk and into your garden where it can feed your plants for months. 

  • Remove any envelopes that have cellophane windows. Plastic will not break down.
  • Put the junk mail through a paper shredder.  Remove staples as needed – you don’t want to be digging in the dirt and cut yourself with a rusty staple!
  • Place a 6 inch layer of the shredded paper around your plants.
  • Water it well.  It will settle down to about 2 inches or so.
  • Top the paper with a thin layer of top soil or organic mulch.
  • The paper will completely break down over the course of a season or two and your soil will be amended nicely.  The earthworms love paper too, so they will find this tasty mulch!

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  4 comments for “Turn that Junk Mail into Garden Mulch

  1. 14ritt
    07/06/2013 at 7:57 am

    Might want to remove the cellophane Windows first

    • Anonymous
      07/06/2013 at 10:03 am

      Of course. Thanks for the reminder.


    05/09/2015 at 3:39 pm

    Another thing junk mail can be used for is fire blocks/fire bricks.

    Take a 5 gallon bucket & fill it with your shredded junk mail.
    next, fill the bucket with water….leave it sit for about 5 or 10 minutes, then take a drill & paint stirrer &blend the paper with the water.
    in almost no time at all, what you will have is a paper mush. put this mush into a block type mold & leave it sit for 4 or 5 days to dry out.
    the tighter the block the longer it will burn & the more BTUs it will produce.

    • admin
      05/10/2015 at 9:03 pm

      Thanks for the great tips! Carol

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