Mulching is more important than you may think. By learning how to mulch, you’ll be helping yourself, your yard, and the plants within it. . The article below discusses the different mulch types and the benefits of applying mulch.
Why should we mulch and what is the right mulch and method of application?
The Good Mulch:
- Stabilizes soils and prevents erosion.
- Helps soils retain moisture for plant use.
- Improves soil structure and quality over time, if properly applied.
- Looks great (sometimes).
- Improves biological activity and mixes organic materials into soils.
- Prevents weed growth. Keep in mind that the definition of a weed is “a plant out of place.” If we mulch to prevent weed growth, then what is it doing to the desirable plants?
- Can be an effective herbicide in place of chemicals, cutting, mowing etc.
Types of Good Mulch:
- Bark Mulch:It stays loose and does not bind. Bark mulch has a nice dark color and is a great background for plants and it does not fade over time. Bark mulch cultivates nicely into the soil and improves soil structure and drainage. It is usually innate and does not require nitrates to decompose. It is readily available and comes in easily handled 1 to 3 cubic foot bags in a variety of sizes from 4″ to 3/8″
- Soil Conditioner: This is usually the 3/8″ and smaller screenings left over from sorting bark mulch. It is great for top-dressing beds and used as a component in planting mixes.