What is mulch? If you search this question online, the descriptions would refer to mulch as something that helps your plants grow. While this is somewhat right, it’s not completely accurate. It is commonly used by gardeners and landscapers to keep the temperature of the soil warm, retain moisture, suppress weeds, and keep pests out. Not only that, but mulch is also used for aesthetic purposes. Mulching is a great way to keep your garden looking cohesive and even bring a pop of color depending on what you use it for.
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Benefits of Mulching
While your plants can live without mulch, it can make life easier for both you and your foliage. Not only does it help you reduce the number of weeds, but it even protects your garden from the changing weather.
If you’re growing fruits and vegetables and you’re not always there to check if all of them are ripe, then your mulch can actually act as a cushion so they don’t get damaged when they drop. Not only does mulch protect your fruits and vegetables from bruises, but it also makes it easier for you to clean.
It may seem like mulching is only for big gardens. In reality, you can even use it for your potted plants. In fact, mulch can go anywhere with plants. Don’t be afraid to treat your herb gardens or your favorite indoor plants. Mulch can make it look in theme with your house and can help you maintain it better. Not only can you water it less often but you don’t have to be afraid of the pests that may come and attack your plants. Some types of mulch are also odorless so you won’t have to worry about those organic or rotten smells that other types carry.
Types of Mulch
Each kind of mulch is different, so be sure to do some research on what you can use and what is accessible to you. Note that some types are a lot more nutritious for your plants while others are mostly used for aesthetic purposes. Examples of the healthier types of mulch are dead leaves and grass cuttings. Dead leaves and grass cuttings are filled with nitrogen and other nutrients your plants love. Although grass clippings and dead leaves are inexpensive, they can smell and look worse as time goes by.
Don’t be fooled, rocks are for looks only. They don’t provide any nutrients but do keep the weeds out and the temperature constant. Rocks can also give a whole different look to your garden beds. River rock or gravel is great if you have cacti and succulents. Be sure to find out which type is best for you before you go out and make your purchase.
In conclusion, mulching is very beneficial to your foliage. Give it a try so both you and your plants can have less stressful lives.
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