First – let’s talk about all the benefits it provides:
- Mulching helps maintain an even temperature throughout the seasons. In the summer, it helps keep your soil cooler. In the winter, it helps keep your soil warmer. Think of it as a blanket that moderates the effect the extreme weather has on your soil.
- It can help keep soil in place. When we have extreme rainfall – it’s easy for soil to puddle or start to run off. When you have mulch in place, it prevents that puddling and run off and the rain will be able to absorb into your soil.
- A good layer of mulch can also help prevent weed seeds from germinating. The mulch prevents the soil from receiving a lot of sunlight, and without sunlight the weed seeds are less likely to germinate.
- Inorganic mulch is one option people like to take, because they tend to last longer. Some examples of inorganic mulch would be: rocks, gravel, chipped rubber, landscaping cloths, etc.
- Wood mulches are ones that are going to break down overtime – shredded bark for example. These are great options, because as they break down they can feed your soil. Obviously, a non-colored would be best for your vegetable or organic garden.
How much mulch will you need?
Well, to be honest, we like to advise people to be generous when laying their mulch done because it will eventually settle. Anywhere from one to four inches will work. But here’s a fun rule of thumb we like to go by – one to two inches in perennial gardens, two to three inches in vegetable gardens, and three to four inches around your trees or bushes.
Obviously, mulch isn’t going to answer all garden problems, but I hope this gave you some insight on why we encourage mulching your gardens!
Remember that if you ever have any questions – OERTHER’S is always here for you.