Mulching your garden can save it from a multitude of problems. Regardless of what you are planting, you need to mulch. This is done so that the garden can grow healthier and with lesser pests than before. A mulched garden is always healthier than an unmulched one no matter what.
Rules of mulching
Here are a couple of things that you need to know. Mulch should only be laid on the soil after it has been weeded.
While adding a layer, you need to add one that is thick enough to discourage the further growth of weed. To do this, you need to add a layer that is at least 5 inches thick. But for shadier spots, you can add a layer that is only 2 or 3 inches thick. If weeds are a regular occurrence in your garden, use the double-mulching method. This can be done by spreading a newspaper on top of the plants and mulching it. Water the plants before setting the newspaper.
Type of mulch
You can get either organic or inorganic mulch. The difference is that organic mulch includes materials such as chopped leaves, grass, compost, straw and sawdust whereas inorganic mulch comprises materials such as black plastic or geotextiles.
Although you can use either of these two, the advantage while using organic mulch is that it decomposes into the soil as time passes by, thereby increasing the fertility. This isn’t the case with inorganic mulch as they do not break down. Inorganic mulches do find applications in situations where the plant requires heat during the night.
Here are some other options
You can use wood chips as mulch. You can get them from a utility or tree-care company. It needn’t be original; you can also use decorative chips for this purpose.
You can use the grass from your lawn as mulch. It’ll also enrich the soil of the lawn if you leave some of the grass clippings on the lawn.
Straw is an excellent mulch that provides soil moisture retention, weed prevention and the addition of organic matter in the soil.
A good feature about geotextiles is the fact that they let air and water into the soil while also keeping weeds from poking out. But they degrade with each passing day as sunlight reduces its usability. You can always cover this mulch with another mulch.