There are a lot of beneficial things you can do for your garden. However, mulching should make it to your list of top priorities.
Simplified, it is defined as the act of putting a protective barrier (mulch) over bare soil and around plants. What makes this simple method highly recommended?
Top 7 Mulch Benefits
While the list of advantages of using mulch is rather long, we have compiled seven of its biggest benefits.
1. Helps control the growth of weeds.
Undoubtedly, using mulch can help you curb the presence of unwanted plants like weeds from occupying your garden.
Acting as a barrier, it effectively blocks the amount of sunlight that find its way into the unwelcome garden dwellers.
2. Assists in moisture retention.
Mulches are good at water absorption, especially the organic kind. However, both non-organic and organic varieties can be relied upon to minimize water evaporation.
While not many are aware of it, water retention, especially during the hot and dry months will not only prove beneficial to plants, but it can also help dramatically reduce your water bills.
3. Helps control garden pests.
Certain varieties of mulch like the cedar bark have been proven effective in deterring garden pests. This ability has been credited to the natural oil found in its bark which also functions as an insect repellent.
As a general rule of thumb, opt for mulch varieties that emit a strong fragrance as those types are believed to be very effective in keeping insects at bay.
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4. Helps maintain nutrients in the soil.
Apart from ensuring the nutrients found in the soil are not washed away during downpours, mulches also facilitate the release of nutrients in the soil. This is especially true if you are using organic mulch.
In addition, organic varieties will slowly decompose while on top of the soil so it will eventually end up as fertilizers.
5. Helps avert soil erosion.
Mulching has been proven to not only effectively keep existing water trapped, but it’s also known to efficaciously prevent rainwater from washing your soul away.
And because it breaks the fall of water on the ground, it lessens the force of its impact, thereby minimizing soil erosion in the process.
6. Helps attract earthworms to move in.
Generally, organic mulches are very effective in attracting earthworms to take residence in your garden soil.
As many gardeners can attest to, earthworms can help enhance both nutrient cycling and soil structure.
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7. Helps in polishing up your garden.
If you are looking into doing a rain gardenproject, consider using mulch to give you that finished look you want. Apart from effectively filling in all the empty spaces, it is also deemed as one of the easiest fillers to manage.
Unlike other fillers like groundcovers and grass, mulch does not need extensive upkeep like watering and moving. Also, it does not compete with your garden plants for nutrients.
Undeniably, mulching comes with numerous advantages that are hard to miss. That being said, apart from finding the right turf suppliers and observing proven gardening methods, it is recommended that you make mulching a regular part of your routine garden upkeep.
Guest Blog by Maya Pugh
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