When you think of a natural garden, you will most probably think of attractive flowerbeds with crisp edges, a uniform finish, and surrounded by mulch. Are you sick of watering or weeding your garden more than now and then? Losing your plants to freezing winters and hot summers? There could be a simple solution to reduce the impact of such challenges – the mulch. Made from compost, decaying bark, leaves, and more, mulch is an excellent material to have in your garden. Many people, especially new gardeners often wonder, why is mulching important?
Mulching your plants helps their roots survive by insulating them from the extremely low or high temperatures. As a result, most farmers will often apply mulch during fall in preparation for the frosty winter and spring in preparation for the sweltering summers. When the sun is scorching down, mulch will prevent the sun’s heat from hitting the soil directly which would decrease the moisture content of the roots and eventually cause them to wither or dry up. And during the cold weather, mulch acts as a coat, shielding the roots from the freezing air above the soil.
As mentioned in the paragraph above, mulch serves the purpose of a barrier between the sun and soil, preventing the scorching sun from evaporating all the moisture in the ground. This comes in handy during the drought period when the plant roots desperately need water. Due to the water retention capabilities of the mulch, you will not have to water the plants as frequently as you would if there was no mulch layer. Mulch can also control the rate at which water infiltrates so that the soil can absorb it at manageable rates.
A functional layer of mulch will aid in reducing the growth of weeds. This is because mulch stifles their growth by choking them off sunlight. Also, weeds that are not strong enough to poke through will quickly die out because of the moist soil.
Mulch can be a good way to add nutrients to the soil, consequently creating a fertile environment for plants to grow. As the mulch decomposes, it will compost and enrich the soil. And if this is a crucial gardening material for you, it is advisable to select your mulch carefully since there are different mulch varieties available for application in small gardens. Contact Cripple D’s to speak to Dennis about our Mulching Services.
Improvement of Soil Health and Diversity
Mulch helps protect all the wonderful things in your soil that help keep your plants happy and healthy. Soil organisms like insects, microbes, and worms are all protected by mulch, and this help protects against pests, but these are the things that will also break down the mulch over time, as mentioned before, which enriches the soil. Mulch also helps keep soil from being eroded and losing all of that enrichment.
Keeping your garden protected is essential if you’re going to be putting in the time, effort, and energy. Mulching your garden will protect it in at extreme temperatures, help it retain water, prevent weeds, add nutrition, and stop erosion in its tracks.