Cultivating the best garden on your landscape requires an intricate understanding of balance. Plants need just the right amount of sunlight, shade, water, and nutrition to thrive – too much, or not enough, of any of these and your garden won’t be as vivacious or full of life as it could be. Mulching is a great gardening habit that can help promote this sense of balance in your garden by offering some clear benefits. Here’s how mulching brings out the best in your garden.
Mulching and Your Garden’s Soil
While mulching is not mandatory for a good garden, many homeowners decide that it is right for them. This is because of how mulch interacts with and strengthens the soil of their gardens. Mulch holds in soil moisture – this ensures that plants do not dry out as quickly and can be a lifeline for them in drought-like conditions. During the spring and fall months, mulch acts as a moderator in soil temperature fluctuations, keeping it at an ideal, sustaining temperature. Depending on which kind of mulch you use, it can also provide some nutrition to the plants when it breaks down. Finally, mulching your garden with the right material is an effective means of weed control. The mulch inhibits the germination and growth of weed seeds, leaving those valuable nutrients for your desired plants.
Some Basic Types of Mulch
Mulch comes in many different varieties and each type has their advantages and disadvantages. A knowledgeable professional landscaper, such as the ones at TDH Landscaping, can make an assessment on which type of mulch might be best suited for your garden and other parts of your landscape. Here are some of the more common types of mulch.
- Compost: If you wish to start your own compost pile, you can use that compost later on as mulch for your garden. Compost adds many nutrients to the soil, but it also has the potential to promote the growth of weeds.
- Wood Chips: Wood chips take a longer period of time to decay, so the nutrient boost for your soil is spread out over time. Plus, wood chips stay in place and look orderly. However, be cautious of which kind of wood chips are being utilized – pine bark mulch, for example, can actually harm your garden owing to its acidity.
- Inorganic: Inorganic materials such as fabric and rubber can also be used. While they confer no nutritional benefits on your plants, they last the longest of all other materials, inhibit the growth of weeds, and keeps the soil moist and warm year-round.
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