Want to have a beautiful and healthy garden? If you do, you should consider mulching. Mulching is the process of placing mulch around your plants and over bare soil, so it serves as a protective barrier. Mulch is made from a variety of decomposing organic materials such as bark, wood chips, straw, and pine needles. Non-organic materials, including, plastic, landscaping fabric, pebbles and rocks, can be used as well. Here are the benefits of mulch.
Why is Mulch Important?
1. Prevents the growth of weeds
Mulch helps stop weeds from growing around your plants and stealing nutrients in the soil. It works by limiting the amount of sunlight available to the weeds, halting their growth in open spaces.
2. Helps soil retain moisture
Mulch helps the soil stay moist by covering the soil and limiting evaporation. By placing mulch around your plants, not only can you help them stay hydrated, but you can also minimise your water bill.
3. Stops soil erosion
Aside from helping the soil retain moisture, mulching also prevents it from being eroded by rainwater. Mulch helps soften the blow of falling water, thus, stopping the soil from being easily washed away.
4. Keeps the soil nutrient-rich
Using mulch is good for your plants because it keeps the soil healthy and rich in nutrients. This is particularly true if you’re using organic mulch. Mulch releases nutrients into the soil as it slowly decomposes on top of it.
5. Acts as a natural insect repellent
Instead of spraying pesticide, you should try mulching instead. Not only is mulch effective, but it is also safer and more affordable, too. Certain types of mulch, like cedar bark, have natural oils that insects hate. Through mulching, you can keep pests away from your plants without using toxic chemicals.
How to Mulch
Mulch can be either organic or inorganic. However, most gardening experts prefer organic mulch because they improve soil structure and draining by adding organic matter to the soil. They also encourage earthworm and soil microbial activity.
How deep your mulch is will depend on the type of much. For example, if you’re going to use coarse mulch, you should apply a layer with a thickness of about two to six centimetres. Also, it’s a good idea to let lawn clippings, leafy prunings, and leaf litter break down naturally in the compost pile before using them as mulch.
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