DIY Mulch Is Easier Than You Think

Clearing Brush Piles and Helping Your Plants Thrive

Did you know that covering your garden and landscaping in a few inches of mulch will help prevent weed growth and retain moisture through hot summer months? Mulch is also important through the winter: A solid much bed will protect roots and soil when the temperature drops below freezing (depending on your region). 

Making your own mulch is easier than you may think, since you have many mulch sources right in front of you. Branches, bark, brush piles, and compost are the most effective and nutrient rich, but you can also add leaves, pine needles, yard clippings and even newspaper. In these warm summer months, it’s best to use leaves, wood mulch from branches/brush piles with compost to help retain moisture and provide essential nutrients. Pine needles, straw and bark break down slower so are best used to prepare areas for cold winters.

  • Begin to collect your materials. Pile them together and turn through frequently while they begin to breakdown (especially important for compost piles).

  • Leaves and soft brush can be mulched with a lawn mower, while branches, tree/bush trimmings and bark should be run through a wood chipper. The YARDMAX Chipper Shredder is a family favorite and the reviews are there to prove it.

  • Grass clippings can be easily added to the leaf mulch and combined with wood chips for a longer lasting mulch.

  • Prepare the area you are going to mulch. Make sure to remove any old winter mulch and weed thoroughly.

  • Generally 2-3 inches of mulch is deep enough, spread out evenly with a rake, but ensuring to have only thin layer around the base and crown of your plants.

Your plants will love you for this!

Mulching is something that should be done yearly to promote healthy soil and optimal growth for your gardens, flower beds, bushes and trees.

The YARDMAX Chipper Shredder is easy to use and store away year after year. Powered by the reliable Briggs & Stratton CR950 engine, this machine has a 10:1 reduction rate, compliments of the 2 large steel chipper blades. A hopper opening of 21” x 14” and 3” diameter chipping capacity ensures you’ll be shredding through wood “mulch” more efficiently than ever before.


Kicking Off BBQ Season

BBQs, Bonfires and Fireworks, oh my! Across the country, summer is in full gear and everyone is enjoying time with friends and family. At YARDMAX Headquarters we’re talking about plans for the holiday weekend and sharing stories and recipes… which got us thinking that we’d like to share this with you too! Keep an eye out for a summer full of favorite recipes, tips and tricks from Team YARDMAX!

This week, our President, Justin, is sharing his family’s favorite – Grilled Pork Belly



Start with a slab of pork belly. Cut into 3” wide pieces.

Put on your favorite rub –
Justin’s favorite to use for pork belly is Three Little Pigs – Touch of Cherry“It’s a great sweet cherry flavor that caramelizes as it cooks.”

Get the grill to 400 degrees and place the strips of pork belly in indirect heat.
Cook for 35-40 minutes – turning once halfway through.

Take the pork belly off the grill, setting 2 strips aside, the remaining strips wrap in foil and let it rest for 10-15 minutes.

Pork Belly – Burnt Ends

Take the 2 strips that were set aside and cut into 1” cubes.Place a cast iron skillet directly on the grill and heat up.

Put the cubed pork belly into the cast iron skillet and sprinkle more of the Touch of Cherry seasoning, mixing the pork belly to ensure each piece is evenly coated.

Cook the cubed pork belly for 5-8 minutes making sure to mix so that all the sides of the cubes are evenly cooked.  After each piece has as slight char on the outside, place a paper towel over a plate and spread the pork belly burnt ends evenly on the plate.  Allow them to cool slightly and serve.



YARDMAX Half Beam Log Splitter Vs Full Beam 35 Ton

YARDMAX Half Beam Log Splitter Vs Full Beam 35 Ton

Can’t decide whether you should get a Yardmax full beam or a half beam log splitter? You may think the full beam is always the way to go. But don’t be so quick to dismiss the half beam! Watch our friends over at Workshop Addict run them side by side for the ultimate Yardmax log splitter face off.



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