Mulch is a covering spread over soil in your garden. A layer of mulch will provide these important benefits:
- Reduce the occurrence of insects and other pests.
- Prevent moisture from evaporating, in turn, reducing the amount of water needed.
- Act as a weed blocker.
Mulch also is an insulator to keep the soil safe from extreme heat or cold. It can also be used as an attractive groundcover.
Since some organic mulch can contain the weed seeds, be sure to select only good quality mulch. Good quality mulch could include the following Agromin Mulches
You can also find mulch that includes buckwheat hulls, redwood bark, evergreen boughs, hops, peanut hulls, ground corncobs, sugar cane and cottonseed hulls. Avoid buying mulch that contains hay, manure and straw. These types might contain weeds.
Mulches with more wood will provide fewer nutrients and decompose slowly. Softer mulches will provide more nutrients but decompose more quickly.
How to Lay Down Mulch
Apply a 2 to 4-inch layer of mulch over the planting beds of already established plants. Leave a 5-inch radius around each plant. If you have planted seeds recently, do not put mulch over them because it will hinder their growth.
Rake the mulch every so often to expose new mulch.
The mulch will decompose over time. When only a thin layer is left, add more.