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The Benefits of Mulch in your Garden

Post Date: June 24th, 2012

trowel with a scoop of mulch

 

Every seasoned gardener knows how important it is to pay attention to their soil condition. Since this helps achieve healthier plants, gardeners need to continually look for ways they can improve their soil. One solution for this is to make use of mulch, as it has been known to help provide a number of benefits to the garden such as controlling weeds, keeping soil moist and cool, reducing soil temperature fluctuations, adding nutrients, and preventing soil erosion.

 

But what exactly is mulch and how does it provide so many benefits to the garden? Made from organic and biodegradable materials, mulch is usually composed of shredded newspaper, wood chips, leaves or bark. Even though mulch can be made from non-biodegradable materials, it is best to make use of organic sources. Mulch made from organic sources tends to decompose over time; as such, adding nutrients to the soil.

 

Here are the benefits of mulch in the garden:

 

  • Mulch retains moisture in the soil. Once added to the soil, it keeps the underneath portions of the soil moist and cool. This helps gardeners because moist soil means that it does not require as much watering. At the same time, this keeps soil cool and protected from extreme heat. When the roots of the plants are exposed to extreme heat, they become vulnerable to rot and diseases. By adding mulch to soil, this can be prevented.
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  • Mulch helps prevent soil erosion. By reducing rainwater velocity, mulch is able to prevent soil erosion. However, heavy rainfalls can wash away mulch so its a good idea to inspect the garden periodically and replace mulch as required.
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  • Mulch helps control weeds. Having a layer of mulch will prevent sunlight from getting through to the soil and significantly reduce the growth of weeds.

 

mulch on garden

 

The typical application of mulch is 2-3 inches spread directly on top of soil and around plants. Try to keep the soil underneath the mulch loose as this will help the roots grow and spread out easily. At the same time, this practice helps retain soil moisture and allows the mulch to slowly release back into the soil as it decomposes. Along with the benefits mentioned above, it is easy to see why gardeners invest in organic mulch as a vital part of maintaining the health of their soil condition.

 

If you need advice on what mulch to use in your garden, contact us so we can help you in the process.

 

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