The Benefits of Mulching
If you mulch your garden, then you are doing something good for it. Mulching is usually done around plants and over bare soil. Different decomposing organic materials make up mulch. Straw, pine needles, bark or wood chips from various tree species, and cocoa bean shells make up organic mulch. Recycled tires, black plastic, pebbles, river rock, and landscaping fabric make up inorganic mulch. Here are some of the benefits of mulching.
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. So weeds won’t grow.
Water is absorbed by organic mulches. 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.
Mulching helps prevent soil erosion. When your mulch, it does not only retain water in the soil, it also stops rainwater from washing away your soil.
Mulch also keeps nutrients from being washed away with the rain. Organic mulch can release nutrients into the soil. The reason for this is that organic mulch will decompose slowly on top of the soil.
Cedar bark mulch helps repel insects or pests. The reason for this is the cedar bark has natural oils that act as an insect repellant. Fragrant mulch has the greatest effect on insects.
If you use organic mulch, earthworms are encouraged to occupy your garden soil. When there are earthworms in your soil, it greatly improves your soil structure and nutrient cycling.
Mulch can fill up the empty spaces in your garden. Extensive care is needed if you use grass and other fillers. You need to mow and water them and they will compete for resources with your garden plants. Caring for mulch is much easier and they will not compete with other garden plants.
Mulch also helps moderate soil temperature. The soil is kept warm on cold nights, and cool 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 also keeps plants off the ground to avoid plant disease.
Plants are kept clean because of mulch since rain is prevented from splashing soil that could carry diseases onto the plants.
Your garden become attractive with mulch.
There are also ways when mulch can be detrimental to your garden. Plants can be buried and suffocated with too much mulching. Pests can hide in the mulch. Do not bake your plants by incorrectly putting your mulch.