Sick and tired of constantly watering or weeding your garden? Hate losing plants because of scorching summers and arctic winters? If your answer is a resounding yes, there’s an easy yet efficient solution to these concerns. Mulch!
What is mulch, you ask? Mulch is any kind of material that is applied all around the top of the soil as a protective cover. Mulches can come from a wide array of organic substances like decomposing leaves, bark, or compost, wood chips, grass clippings etc.
There are a ton of benefits in mulching your garden. Here are the top 12:
1. Minimises weeds – Weeds are such an annoyance. Aside from stealing away water and nutrients from your plants, they sprout almost soon after you pull them out. Good thing, mulch can naturally
keep these weeds at bay. A nice, 3-inch thick layer restrains weeds by covering the soil to deprive them of sunlight they need to grow.
2. Holds moisture – Keeping a consistent level of moisture in your soil is a major component in growing healthy plants and vegetables. Organic mulch absorbs water, coats the soil and reduces evaporation. Retaining moisture, specifically during summer does not only benefit your garden, but also save on water bill.
3. Prevents soil erosion – Aside from keeping moisture intact, mulching also significantly helps in preventing soil erosion. Mulch stops rain water from rinsing away your soil by breaking the fall of the water, which diminishes the impact when the water hits the ground.
4. Improves soil fertility – When organic mulches decompose over time, they contribute organic matter and nutrients to your soil, thus resulting in healthier soil.
5. Controls bugs – Organic mulches can also deter some annoying bugs. When they break down, they not only improve the soil quality but also the number of good bacteria, insects and fungi. These helpful pests control the amount of harmful, plant-damaging bugs.
6. Promotes earthworms to move in – Organic mulching provides a cool, moist setting favourable for earthworms. As you know, earthworms can aid in improving soil composition and nutrient cycling.
7. Revamps your garden – Mulching is a great way to give your garden that spruced up and even look by just occupying in the empty spaces.
8. Offers a natural insulator – By controlling soil temperature, mulch can readily act as an insulating mantle. Mulching can therefore keep your garden soil cooler in the summer season and warmer in the winter.
9. Encourages recycling – Instead of throwing away seemingly waste materials like leaves, grass, wood chips, fabric, recycled glass or tire and other organic and inorganic mulches, they can be repurposed in the garden and be beneficial.
10. Acts a protective barrier for crops coming into contact with soil – Ripe fruits and vegetables can be protected from touching the soil by using mulches. They can act as a divider or sheet between the produce and earth.
11. Easy to maintain and care for – Mulches are very low-maintenance compared to grass, groundcovers and other fillers that even require watering and mowing.
12. Affordable and accessible – Mulches are pocket-friendly and easily accessible. Whether you live in the city or country, you can quickly get your hands on mulches and use it for your garden.
With these awesome benefits, there’s really no reason why you shouldn’t start mulching if you haven’t already. If you do, please let me know if you have additional tips or thoughts in the comments section below.