Good Reasons for Mulching
You can do your garden good by mulching. Mulch can be put around your plants and over bare soil. Different decomposing organic materials make up mulch. Organic mulch is made up of straw pine needles, bark or wood chips from different tree species, and cocoa bean shells. It can also be non-organic materials such as recycled tires, black plastic, pebbles, river rock, and landscaping fabric. Here are some of the benefits of mulching.
Weed growth is controlled with mulching. Mulching prevents the growth of weeds in your garden. Sunlight is prevented from reaching weeds with mulching. The absences of sunlight will prevent weeds from growing.
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. When your mulch, it does not only retain water in the soil, it also stops rainwater from washing away your soil.
Nurtients will be retained by the mulch because it prevents the rainwater from washing it way. Much nutrients are released into the soil with organic mulch. The reason for this is that organic mulch will decompose slowly on top of the soil.
Insects or pests are repelled by mulch like cedar bark. The oil in cedar bark acts as an insect repellant. Fragrant mulch has the greatest effect on insects.
EAthworms will go to your garden soil if you use organic mulch. Earthworms are good and it helps improve your soil structure and nutrient cycling.
If you don’t want empty spaces in your garden, then fill them up with mulch. Extensive care is needed if you use grass and other fillers. Grass need to be mowed and watered and will compete with your other garden plants for resources. It is easy to care for mulch and will not compete with other plants.
Mulching helps to moderate the soil temperature. The soil is kept warm on cold nights, and cool on hot days.
In winter, mulch protects plants from the cycle of freezing and thawing.
Mulch also prevents soil compaction and crusting.
Mulch also keeps plants off the ground to avoid plant disease.
Mulch also keep plants clean because it prevents rain from splashing soil that could carry disease onto plants.
One benefit of mulch is to make your garden more attractive.
There are also ways when mulch can be detrimental to your garden. Plants can be buried and suffocated with too much mulching. It can be convenient for pests to hide in mulch. Do not bake your plants by incorrectly putting your mulch.