You see the wood chips, the leaves, grass clippings, bark chips, pine straws, and all that waste you get after trimming and pruning your landscape; they are beneficial, and they are what is used for mulching.
However, inorganic materials such as recycled tires are also usable. So, if you’ve been wondering what to do with that extra landscape waste, this is the best usage.
Here are some of the essential functions mulch plays in your garden.
- They prevent soil erosion
Suppose you have uncovered ground or bare spots on your landscaping. In that case, you should consider mulching because the uncovered area is vulnerable to rain, wind, and even sprinkler water which can erode the place.
If you don’t know yet, erosion aids faster depletion of nutrients from the soil, leaving your plants with an unhealthy diet. A Mulch bed prevents erosion and provides the ground with more nutrients.
- It helps in retaining moisture
Like nutrients, water is an essential ingredient for plant growth. Instead of your soil baking in the sun and all the water drying out, mulching sought of, creates a barrier, blocking harsh sunlight while allowing just enough needed for plant growth.
And most importantly, the mulch bed acts like a sponge; it absorbs water, meaning your lawn or the area containing the mulch will have enough moisture.
- It also helps to balance ground temperature
As we mentioned before, mulch acts as a barrier, so whether it’s cold or hot, the temperatures below the mulch are kept at an optimum.
Here’s how: in warm temperatures, the soil usually gets hot, and the mulch prevents that from happening, and in the cold weather, mulching also prevents the ground from freezing.
- Prevents weed growth
Weeds thrive faster when they are exposed to the sun. However, with mulch cover, the weeds will not germinate. So, mulch frequently and adequately; if the weeds grow on your mulch, it’s much easier to pull them out.
The bottom line is a well-mulched garden is easier to care for, and if you’re looking for that beautiful lawn, mulch to prevent weeds from creeping in.
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