The first and foremost benefit of mulch is that it protects the plant roots from the sun, thereby avoiding any damage to them. It also helps prevent weeds from growing.
While setting the flowerbeds in your lawn, you might be in dilemma about mulching. Well! Mulch can be good, and mulch can be bad. So, before you decide if you should mulch or not, learn about the pros and cons of the same.
When shallow–rooted plants grow from the ground, the freezing, thawing and refreezing of water can result in heaving. Here, mulch helps reduce the effect and allows perennials to remain healthy until next spring.
Perennials tend to grow during warm seasons i.e. when grounds are hot. Mulch helps decelerate this process of ground heating. Thus, late–winter warmth doesn’t cause flowers to bud before time.
Mulch helps reduce evaporation from soil. As a result, the plants in your lawn absorb more water sprinkled on to them. It proves to be a cost–efficient investment for you, particularly during dry weathers since it helps save on time, water, and money.
With mulch, you can prevent soil erosion during heavy rainfall.
Mulch blocks sunlight from reaching the soil, thereby also preventing seeds from sprouting. Thus, you should not mulch before seeds germinate.
Mulch offers dark, cool shelter to plant–eating earwigs and slugs. So, it is better to mulch away from plant stems by around 3 to 5 inches.
Mulch slows down the process of ground heating and may extremely delay the growth of some flowers. Therefore, collect mulch so that perennials get a room to bloom. Thereafter, recoup the ground when plants have grown.
With mulch, evaporation gets slowed down. But, it might not always prove good. Regular wet weather may cause soil to get damp and may spoil plant roots. We suggest moving mulch away from plants when it rains regularly. It helps in better drying.
Choose the Best, Apply Artfully
Well, the drawbacks of mulch allow overcoming them beautifully. And therefore, you need not worry before mulching your garden. Just do it the right way, and choose the best mulch before you begin with it.
Healthy soil can be ensured with bark mulch. Other options may include stone and gravel. However, these do not promote soil composition.Go for shredded bark or bark nuggets, which are among the popular mulch types. The choices comprise cypress or pine or hardwood trees.
Your mulch will not go with the wind or get carried away by a storm if you opt for large, heavy pieces of bark.
Choose dark mulch to let it absorb heat better. It is especially helpful in cold areas. Light–colored mulch will reflect heat and will be helpful in hot areas.
The best option is to go for 3 to 4 inch mulch layer.
It is wise to consider your longevity needs while comparing costs of various mulches. Quality mulch helps perennials last for long. On the contrary, even cheaper mulch will be good for annual beds.
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