Mulching

Mulching is one of the simplest and most beneficial practices you can use in your garden, yard, etc. Mulch is basically just a protective layer of material covering the surface of an area of soil.

People mulch for many reasons, to conserve moisture, to reduce weed growth, to increase fertility of the soil that it covers, it protects soil from erosion, it reduces compaction from heavy rains, and plus it looks good! Mulching can be permanent like if you use bark chips, or temporary like if you use plastic sheeting. It can be applied to bare soil or around your existing plants. The mulching process is used in commercial crop production and in the average garden. When applied correctly, you will notice a huge increase in soil productivity.

There are tons and tons of materials you can use for mulching, such as yard trimmings, newspaper, bark chips, recycled tire rubber, rock, gravel, and many more!

Time of application varies on what you hope to achieve by mulching. Mulches moderate the soil temperature by providing and insulating barrier between the soil and the air. This pretty much means than in the summer, the mulched soil will be cooler than the un-mulched soil. While in the winter the mulched soil won’t freeze deeply. When using mulch in your vegetable or flower garden, it is best to apply the mulch in the spring when the soil has warmed up because cool and wet soil tends to slow seed germination and increase the decaying of seeds.

Mulches used to moderate winter temperatures can be applied in late fall after the ground has already frozen. If you apply the mulch before the ground freezes, it attracts rodents. Nobody wants that. The best mulches you can use in the winter are like hay or pine boughs. These materials will help insulate plants without compacting under the snow or ice.

Here are some great tips for you when applying your mulching materials.

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