Mulch isn’t a necessity for growing a healthy and productive garden. It does, however, offer many great benefits that are worth considering before you dispose of the waste generated from tree pruning.
What benefits, you may be wondering? That’s what we are going to discuss in the following post.
Protects Your Garden in All Weather
It can be hard to predict sometimes what the weather is going to bring and how best to protect your garden against these uncertainties. However, if you use a layer of mulch, it will protect your garden and seedlings from the nasty bite of winter and the heat of summer. It’sbest to apply it during mid-springtime, to avoid warming up the soil too much by using it too early.
You Don’t Need to Weed as Much
Does it feel you often spend more time doing weeding than anything else in your garden? When you use mulch, you can reduce the amount of time you spend weeding dramatically. To get the most out of it in this regard, though, you need to be careful not to apply too thin a layer of mulch. If you are relying on chipping and mulching, small chips should be layered with a depth of about 1 to 2 inches, with that being doubled if you are using chunkier and bigger chips.
You Don’t Need to Water as Much
Another benefit of using mulch in your garden is it can reduce the amount of watering you need to do. This is particularly helpful during hosepipe bans and droughts. How does it help? It enhances certain soils’ ability to retain water, particularly sandy soils, and stops soil evaporation from occurring. Often, it’s thought, mulching can prevent this by around 50%. When using it with new plants, you should make sure you water the plants thorough first before covering the surrounding soil with mulch.
Helps to Condition Your Soil
Mulch is a great asset to your garden because it’s completely natural and will eventually break right down over time. As it breaks down, it will start to provide nourishment to your soil. Ideally, you should use bark mulch around perennials, fruit, shrubs, and trees as it can be left to sit undisturbed and break down gradually. However, you should avoid using it in the soil surrounding vegetables because the soil will be cultivated and disturbed more often in these parts of your garden.
Saves You a Lot of Time
A further time-saving benefit is that when you mulch, you don’t need to worry about mowing the edges of your garden around flower beds, bushes, and trees. It’s a good idea to dig a small trench that separates your mulch from the rest of your garden, as this will make it look much neater and provide a boundary to follow when you mow your lawn.
Establishes a Healthy Habitat for Microorganisms
Wood and bark mulch help to create a food source for microorganisms and worms, that allows them to thrive and be productive. Plants can benefit from these microorganisms as they can loosen up the soil to allow for better water and airflow down to the roots, which in turn helps the plants to grow better and stronger. Importantly, though, you need to be careful not to mix the mulch in with the soil. Instead, you need to place it on the top of your soil. Mixing it with the soil could disrupt the nitrogen in the soil and harm the growth of your plants.
So, rather than getting rid of waste generated by tree pruning and other garden maintenance tasks, why not make good use of it in the form of mulch.