If you are looking at a good gardening project that can be done easily in one day, it is always a great time to make sure your beds have an abundant supply of organic mulch. There are many benefits to mulching, and some particular benefits for using organic materials as your mulch of choice.
General Benefits of Mulch
- It provides a protective blanket for the roots of plants and trees during times of extreme cold and extreme heat.
- It discourages weed growth.
- It preserves the moisture in the soil and cuts down the need for watering.
- It improves the appearances of your beds and gardens.
Benefits of Organic Mulches
In addition to the general benefits of mulching there are others that the organic gardener can enjoy.
- Organic materials decompose into the soil, improving the nutrients for your plants and trees.
- The micro-organisms that occur naturally in the soil are protected from poisonous chemical exposure.
- Organic materials improve the aeration of the soil so that life beneath the surface can breathe and thrive.
- Using mulch from native trees, plants, and nuts, are least disruptive to the culture of the soil, and they are readily available. Some municipalities in the area make free mulch available to residents of the city. Check your city’s website for details.
What To Do
Mulching is very simple. Just clear the beds of any rocks, paper, or other foreign material that may have been tossed or blown into the beds. Cut back any grass invasion that may have occurred, and weed. After you mulch, the weeds will not reappear as easily as before. Pick up enough bags of organic mulch at a local nursery, or better yet, contact a landscape supply company, or nursery, to inquire about buying in bulk and having it dumped in a convenient place for you to spread.
Cover the beds with at least 4″-6″ in mulch. Over a few weeks, keep an eye on the depth and the speed with which it is decomposed. Do not let the bare soil show through. Just add more as needed.