Proper Way To Mulch

Proper Way To Mulch

As one of the best methods to keep plants healthy and suppress weed is to apply mulch to garden in a proper way. Proper mulching can preserve the moisture for the plants and enable the garden to be more drought resistant. It can save you plenty of time to water and remove weed.

The mulch used for gardening purposes is divided into two categories, organic and inorganic. Organic mulches are mainly referred as part of the living things like leaves and grass clippings, while inorganic mulches are usually dead things such as stones or plastics. Both mulch types can be useful for your garden depending on what kind of purpose do you use them for. Organic mulches can decompose gradually which will add nutrients into the soil. However, inorganic mulches are more useful when there are more requirements. For example, colorful plastics can preserve heat and moisture better than organic mulches which are a good choice for heat-loving plants in winter.

If you use organic mulches to suppress the growth of weeds, you should put your mulching material in a place where there is already some weed growing on. The layer of the mulching should be thick enough to successfully discourage the growth of weeds, and a recommended thickness of the layer is about 5 to 6 inches. In shade areas, you just need half the thickness of the layer compared with the location under full sunlight.

If you have some deciduous trees planting in garden, you can take advantage of their fallen leaves to make some home-made mulch using the shredded leaves. If you have a lawn mower for your garden, it can be a perfect tool to shred the leaves into small pieces. Grass clippings can be another good mulching material. It is a good return to your lawn as a special organic fertilizer. Since most grass clippings contain plenty of nitrogen, making it a good mulch choice for vegetable gardens.

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