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Use TikTok's 'Chop N Drop' Pruning Trend To Fertilize Your Garden
Instead of buying mulch and fertilizer, let your plants feed themselves using the 'chop n drop' method — a way of pruning that imitates the natural processes
of an ecosystem.
When twigs and leaves fall in the wild, they decompose and become soil, feeding the surrounding plants. With chop n drop you mimic this process, leaving cuttings where they fall.
The plant material decomposes, feeding the soil and creating mulch. Mulch insulates the topsoil from the elements, reduces evaporation, and provides cover for beneficial insects.
This method is best used during the rainy season because plant material decomposes faster when wet. It’s also best for organic material that regenerates and decomposes quickly.