Mulching involves the addition of a layer of organic matter on the surface of your garden in order to suppress weeds, protect plant roots, add more nutrients, and help in retaining the moisture in the soil. The organic matter applied can be bark, manure, or compost.
You should consider an attractive mulch for your garden. A woodchip mulch or a decorative back will serve well since each of them adds an attractive finish along paths, around flowerbeds, and around the base of plants and trees.
Reason for mulching your garden
Before mulching, you should understand the soil in your garden and its needs. This will help you achieve gardening success. The soil plays a crucial role in the growth and anchoring of the plants. Plants get their nutrients, water and air from the soil and that’s why they grow. When you mulch your garden, you’ll be helping the soil to trap valuable moisture and preventing the growth of weeds.
Although the mulch appears like a blanket over the garden soil, the reality is that you are adding valuable nutrients into the soil. By mulching your garden on your regular basis, you will be improving the soil which will produce healthier plants.
How should you apply the mulch on your garden?
- The first step is always to remove all the weeds in the garden
- Ensure the soil is moist enough before applying the mulch. If dry, water before mulching.
- Decide on the suitable mulch and then cover the garden area in a layer
- Ensure the mulch is away from the plant stems
- Level the surface using a plastic rake
Types of Mulch
Different types of organic mulches are available and can be used to improve your soil. Your beds are likely to be empty during winter as you wait for spring planting. Apply farmyard manure to keep off weeds. When the time for planting comes, yours will be just to dig through the manure since the soil will be free from weeds.
You can create a compost bin for the leaves falling in your compound. Once the leaves rot down they will produce an organic mulch that u can use in your garden. Other types of mulch include the wood chip mulch and the composted bark. All these options are a good choice for your garden.