The Benefits of Mulching
Mulching is good for your garden. Mulch can be put around your 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. If you mulch, then you gain these benefits given below.
If you mulch, not much weeds will grow on your garden. 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.
When there is water, your organic mulch will retain it Both types of mulches cover the soil and limit evaporation. If moisture is retained during a hot day, then your plants will be helped and it will also help lower your water bill.
Another benefit of mulching is the prevention of soil erosion. When your mulch, it does not only retain water in the soil, it also stops rainwater from washing away your soil.
When there is mulch, soil nutrients are kept 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.
Mulch like cedar bark can help repel insects or pests. The natural oil of cedar is like an insect repellant Fragrant mulch helps repel insects.
If you use organic mulch, earthworms are encouraged to occupy your garden soil. Your soil structure and nutrient cycling is improved with earthworms in your soil.
Empty space in your garden can be filled up with mulch. Grass and other filers need extensive care. You need to mow and water them and they will compete for resources with your garden plants. It is a lot easier to care for mulch and they will not compete with other plants.
Mulch also helps moderate soil temperature. 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
Mulch also prevents soil compaction and crusting.
Mulch also keeps plants off the ground to avoid plant disease.
With much soil is prevented from splashing onto the plants that could carry diseases and so plants are kept clean.
One benefit of mulch is to make your garden more attractive.
If you are not careful, then mulch can also harm your garden. Plants can be buried and suffocated with too much mulching. It can be convenient for pests to hide in mulch. If you don’t do mulching properly, the mulch can create too much heat that can bake the plants.