You may have probably read or heard about the many benefits that mulch provides. Mulch is simply your garden’s best friend. Mulch controls weeds, retains soil moisture, regulates soil temperature, and gives nutrients to the soil. Mulch does all these and more.
As simple as mulching may seem, you do not just apply mulch on your garden plants, relax, and expect your plants to grow healthily. Choosing the type of mulch and how you apply it are equally important in ensuring that you are doing it correctly and not causing harm to your plants.
Choosing the correct mulch
Mulch is basically divided into organic and inorganic types. Organic mulch is made up of natural materials that decay over time. The best examples of organic mulch are autumn leaves, grass clippings, shredded barks, and wood. It is easy to apply and is safe for both the plants and the soil.
Inorganic mulch, on the other hand, is made up of small stones, river rocks, crushed gravel and granite. Not all plants benefit from this type of mulch because they do not really give any nutrients.
When to apply mulch
There is really no exact time to apply mulch. It can be done anytime, but is most ideal when applied before the dry season.
Basic guidelines when applying mulch
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