Mulching Tips and Tricks
- Retains moisture and prevents the growth of weeds
- Avoids the contraction of soil and adds in nutrients instead
- Less time for watering, and prevents pests
Basically, mulch helps take care of the plants in your garden, and they will surely be a great addition to it. But what are some of the things you should do to make sure that you are able to do this method correctly? The weather can have an effect on mulch in your garden, so it’s important for you to make sure that the mulch in your garden stays fresh regardless of whatever weather you may be having. Maintaining mulch is also important so that your garden will be able to go through all the seasons, and be kept healthy and blooming. How do you do this? Below are some mulching tips and tricks you can try for your garden:
Before adding mulch to your garden, you should first determine which type you need. Both types of mulch prevent the growth of weeds, but inorganic mulch helps keep the soil heated during the night, so it is best to grow vegetables in them. Organic mulches, on the other hand, improve the quality of the soil as time passes.
Organic mulches are composed of former living materials like leaves, grass, compost sawdust, and many others. Inorganic ones are made of plastic, landscape fabrics, and others.
When mulching, make sure that you don’t put it directly on the crowns of plants or the base of trees. This may result in overly wet soils, which can result in various problems such as rotting. Piling up mulch is also a big no-no because it can attract insects and rodents. Just apply the right layer or amount of mulch.
As mentioned, don’t apply too much mulch on your soil, because it will just cause a mound of problems. Too much mulch might end up rotting your plant, and it can also block out water from entering the roots. A thick mulch will deprive your plants of the moisture that they need, which can also cause stem problems in the future. Ideally, mulch should not be more than three inches thick.
Another tip is to mix or turn your mulch a few times per season. This is to make sure that it hasn’t hardened on top of the soil yet. To turn your mulch, you can rake it into beak clumps. You can also add in a new layer if needed.
Another tip to take note of is that you should also add in mulch and replace it ideally twice a year, during the spring and fall. Check the mulch from time to time, and if it already breaks apart, then it is time to replace it. However, make sure that when you replace it, you still retain the ideal thickness of not more than three inches but more than 2 inches.