Whether you have always enjoyed gardening or if you are interested in starting up your very first garden, you can improve the overall quality of your plants, flowers, and food crops with the proper garden mulch and of course, with the ideal temperatures, watering, and amount of sunlight needed for the plants to grow.
How Does the Proper Garden Mulch Help When Gardening?
Fresh mulch helps by putting an end to weed germination or even growth your garden may be encountering. Additionally, fresh mulch helps to hold water and moisture, keeping them from becoming dry and dying out during months of dry weather (especially if you have multiple crops). In hot summer months, fresh mulch will help to keep your plants’ roots as cool as possible while potentially adding nutrition to the plants as it breaks down and degrades, depending on the type of mulch you have used. Using fresh mulch is a way to moderate the soil temperature that may fluctuate when you are not using mulch, especially in climates with weather that varies on a regular basis.
In cooler and winter months (or even in cooler climates in general), fresh mulch can help to protect the plant bases and the roots from “frost-heaving”, where plants are pushed up from their rooted positions in the ground due to the contractions within the ground from the cool air. This will keep your plants rooted all-year round, saving on time and expenses of re-planting crops.
Types of Garden Mulch
There is a wide variety of mulch options for your garden and will depend on where you currently live, your budget, and the climate you are dealing with locally (as well as the type of crops or plants you have in your garden). A common type of mulch is wood or bark chips along with grass clippings, both which are relatively simple to obtain in most locations. Using grass clippings is a free method of adding mulch to your garden, but they must be replaced frequently and if you use grass seeds in your garden, it may begin to germinate, disrupting the flow of your garden’s natural habitat.
Using wood chips and bark is a simple and attractive way of adding mulch to your garden, although it can be a trapping home for pests and even rodents. Decaying leaves are another type of mulch for the garden, and they help to hold soil moisture within the plants themselves. If you use leaves with seeds, they may also germinate, so it is essential to ensure they are entirely dry before you use leaves over your soil or within it.
Compost is a highly-recommended substance to use in your garden as fresh mulch, as it is free and adds nutrients needed to help with boosting your plants’ growth and overall health. However, because of the live nature of compost, it is an ideal source for weeds to take root and begin growing, and it can burn plants if you are using grass clippings or even live manure within the compost).
If you do not want to opt for a fresh type of mulch for your garden, you can also look at a local home improvement or gardening store, where you can purchase the mulch or the garden nutrition you need within a bag. Some bagged mulch for gardens also contain live worms and other insects to help with creating an all-natural habitat and environment for your plants and food to thrive in.
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