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A Guide to Mulching and Its Benefits

Mulching is good for your garden. You put mulch around your plants and over bare soil. Different decomposing organic materials make up mulch. This can include straw, pine needles, bark or wood chips from various tree species, and cocoa bean shells 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. Mulching prevents the growth of weeds in your garden. Sunlight is prevented from reaching weeds with mulching. The absences of sunlight will prevent weeds from growing.

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. Aside from retaining water trapped in the soil, mulching also prevents soil from being washed away by rainwater.

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.

Mulch like cedar bark can help repel insects or pests. The reason for this is the cedar bark has natural oils that act as an insect repellant. If you want it to have the greatest effect on insects, choose fragrant mulch.

EAthworms will go to your garden soil if you use organic mulch. Earthworms are good and it helps improve your soil structure and nutrient cycling.

If you don’t want empty spaces in your garden, then fill them up with mulch. Extensive care is needed if you use grass and other fillers. Grass need to be mowed and watered and will compete with your other garden plants for resources. Caring for mulch is much easier and they will not compete with other garden plants.

Mulch also helps moderate soil temperature. It keeps the soil warmer on cold nights and cooler on hot days.

In winter, mulch protects plants from the cycle of freezing and thawing.

Mulch also prevents soil compaction and crusting.

Mulch can help prevent plants from staying on the ground which helps to prevent plant disease.

Mulch also keep plants clean because it prevents rain from splashing soil that could carry disease onto plants.

Mulch makes your garden attractive.

If you are not careful, then mulch can also harm your garden. Plants can be buried and suffocated with too much mulching. Mulch can be a perfect place for pests to hide in. If done incorrectly your plants can be baked because of excess heat.

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