Good Reasons for Mulching
You can do your garden good by mulching. Mulch can be put 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.
One of the benefits of mulching is that it helps control weeds. There will then be limited weed growing in your garden when you use mulch. 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 Evaporation is limited by both mulches covering the soil. If moisture is retained during a hot day, then your plants will be helped and it will also help lower your water bill.
Soil erosion is prevented with mulching. Aside from retaining water trapped in the soil, mulching also prevents soil from being washed away by rainwater.
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. This is possible because organic mulch decomposes slowly on top of the soil.
Insects or pests are repelled by mulch like cedar bark. The natural oil of cedar is like an insect repellant Fragrant mulch has the greatest effect on insects.
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.
Empty space in your garden can be filled up with mulch. Grass and other filers need extensive care. They need to be mowed and watered and compete for resources with your garden plants. It is easy to care for mulch and will not compete with other plants.
Soil temperature is moderated by mulch. It keeps the soil warmer on cold nights and cooler on hot days.
During winter plants are protected from the cycle of freezing and thawing with mulch
Soil compaction and crusting is prevented due to mulch.
Mulch can help prevent plants from staying on the ground which helps to prevent plant disease.
Mulch also keep plants clean because it prevents rain from splashing soil that could carry disease onto plants.
Mulch makes your garden attractive.
If you are not careful, then mulch can also harm your garden. Overmulching can suffocate plants since they will get buried. Pests can hide in the mulch. Do not bake your plants by incorrectly putting your mulch.