A Guide to Mulching and Its Benefits
Mulching is good for your garden. You put mulch around your plants and over bare soil. Mulch can be made up of different decomposing organic materials. Organic mulch is made up of straw pine needles, bark or wood chips from different tree species, and cocoa bean shells. Mulch can also be made up of inorganic materials such as recycled tires, black plastic, pebbles, river rock, and landscaping fabric. If you mulch, then you gain these benefits given below.
Weed growth is controlled with mulching. Mulching prevents the growth of weeds in your garden. Mulch blocks the sunlight from even reaching weeds. And this is why they will not have a chance to grow.
When there is water, your organic mulch will retain it Both types of mulches cover the soil and limit evaporation. It can help the plants greatly if mulch retains moisture on a hot day and it also helps your water bill.
Another benefit of mulching is the prevention of soil erosion. Mulching does not only retain water trapped in the soil, it also keeps rainwater from washing away your soil.
Mulch also keeps nutrients from being washed away with the rain. If you are using organic mulch, then it can release nutrients into the soil. This will happen when the organic mulch slowly decomposes on top of the soil.
Mulch like cedar bark can help repel insects or pests. The oil in cedar bark acts as an insect repellant. If you want it to have the greatest effect on insects, choose fragrant mulch.
EAthworms will go to your garden soil if you use organic mulch. When there are earthworms in your soil, it greatly improves your soil structure and nutrient cycling.
If you don’t want empty spaces in your garden, then fill them up with mulch. If you use grass, and other fillers, you will need to care for them extensively. You need to mow and water them and they will compete for resources with your garden plants. Caring for mulch is much easier and they will not compete with other garden plants.
Mulching helps to moderate the soil temperature. With mulch, you can keep the soil warm on cold days and cool on hot days.
In winter, mulch protects plants from the cycle of freezing and thawing.
Soil compaction and crusting is prevented due to mulch.
Mulch also keeps plants off the ground to avoid plant disease.
With much soil is prevented from splashing onto the plants that could carry diseases and so plants are kept clean.
One benefit of mulch is to make your garden more attractive.
There are also ways when mulch can be detrimental to your garden. If mulching buries your plants, then they will suffocate. Pests can hide in the mulch. Do not bake your plants by incorrectly putting your mulch.