If you have a garden, then you’ve probably heard that it’s a good idea to mulch. Putting a protective layer around your plants protects them and provides other benefits as well. No matter what type of mulch you use, you’ll want to consider doing this as a part of your maintenance work. Not sure if it’s worth the time and effort? Consider these benefits of mulching.
Prevents Weed Growth
Weeding can be time-consuming and frustrating, especially if you have weeds that you have to dig up by the roots. With mulching, there is a natural weed prevention at hand. The mulch will prevent sunlight from reaching the weeds and help to slow down or prevent their growth. Although you’ll probably still have to do some weeding, expect to cut down on your time.
Preventing Soil Erosion
If you live in an area that experiences heavy rain, then you’ll want to take steps to prevent soil erosion. Mulch actually helps to prevent this from happening by keeping the rain from washing away the bottom soil. The mulch particles break the fall of water and lessens the force of water when it hits the soil underneath. In order for this to be effective though, you’ll have to have a healthy layer of mulch over your garden area. You can use an ATV snow plow kit to spread mulch around if needed.
In the summer months, the hot weather can dry up the moisture in the soil, making it more difficult for your plants to thrive. No matter what type of mulch you use, the mulch layer will work by retaining moisture and helping your plants hold on to their water stores. This is beneficial for all areas of the country but is especially a benefit if you live in a hot or dry climate.
Maintain Soil Nutrients
The soil that you use probably contains natural nutrients that plants need to grow. The mulch will act as a barrier by preventing the nutrients from being washed away with rainfall but also will break down slowly and release nutrients into the soil. Choose an organic material if you want this benefit. As some mulches are available that won’t provide this benefit, such as rubber mulch, you may want to choose an organic material to improve your soil health.
Not all mulches will work to deter pests, but some mulches such as cedar bark mulches will naturally repel some types of pests. If you want to see these benefits in your garden, find a mulch that is fragrant and fresh. However, some mulches may actually attract certain pests so do a little research before choosing a mulch so that you’ll find one which meets your needs.
Although mulching sometimes seems like an aesthetic upgrade to your garden, it actually provides these benefits. If you’re looking for a simple and effective way to improve the health and vitality of the garden, you may want to consider adding mulch. Use these tips to find a mulch that will suit your needs.