Add mulch for effective gardening
Mulch has many benefits and you should incorporate it into all your gardening
For those out of the loop, mulch promotes healthy soil activity allowing your plants to grow effectively without having to compete against weeds and insects. Mulch can take many different forms, which is why we dedicated this blog to deciphering the different types of material you can use as mulch, and what the advantages and disadvantages of each one are. Keep in mind that mulch is not an essential component when gardening, it is just good practise.
One of the most common forms of mulch is compost. For keen gardeners or environmentalists, compost is freely available, especially if you create your own compost heap at home. As it breaks down, compost adds essential nutrients to the soil, aiding to the growth of your vegetables. The downfall however is that the composition of compost makes it easier for weeds to grip, and of course, the stench.
An affordable, often free form of mulch, grass clippings are readily available and lightweight, making it simple to apply. However, it breaks down extremely quickly so you have to a keep a hand on your garden regularly.
Similar to the grass clippings, old leaves make good mulch because they suffocate the weeds and help the soil retain moisture. Adversely, it does not look as good as compost or bark and depending on the type of leaves you use, it could cause germination or a low pH level.
Wood or bark chips
As mentioned above, wood and bark are becoming increasingly popular amongst gardeners because of the attractive, stylish look. Unlike grass, this mulch takes a while to decay, making it favourable for the busy worker bees. Be careful with large pieces of bark or applying excessive volumes as it makes a good home for small animals.
Stones or pebbles
In keeping with the stylish theme, small stones or pebbles look beautiful and won’t wash away or need to be replaced. This type of mulch has no real essential benefits to the soil and it may allow weeds to grow easier but it keeps unwanted animals and insects away from your vegetables.