If you're looking for a garden project to complete this weekend, then ordering a load of mulch to spread over your garden beds might be the perfect choice. Mulching your garden is inexpensive, not too back-breaking and highly beneficial for your garden, both aesthetically and for its overall health.
Mulch is a garden product that is made from processed waste material from trees, shrubs and bark. The mulch that is available in your locality will generally be made from organic matter that is abundant and native to the area. The type you choose will largely depend on your personal tastes regarding colour and texture. Whichever type you choose, here are four reasons why mulching your garden is an excellent choice for your next landscaping project.
1. It's a makeover for your garden
Adding mulch to your garden beds is a fast and easy way to give your entire garden a fresh, new look. Mulch adds uniform colour and will give your garden a well-tended and professional appearance. Mulch can hide all manner of sins, including dry, crumbly soil and uneven surfaces, which can give a garden an air of neglect.
2. It will improve your soil quality
Because mulch is made from organic materials, it naturally breaks down over time. The decomposing matter effectively acts as a natural fertiliser, adding nutrients to the soil beneath it. The structure of the decaying mulch and its slow breakdown means that it won't form into a solid, impenetrable mass and will still allow water to drain down it through to the soil.
3. It will reduce weed growth
For any seed to grow, it needs sunlight once it has germinated and broken through the top layer of soil. Because mulch provides a dense cover over the soil surface, it robs weed seedlings of the sunlight they need to grow. Although mulch won't completely eliminate weed growth, it will significantly minimise it, meaning far less time pulling weeds and more time enjoying your garden.
4. It's an insulative cover for your garden beds
The physical mass of mulch as well as the pockets of air in its loosely packed layers provides a form of insulation for your garden beds. This helps to protect seedlings, bulbs and roots from the extremes of hot and cold weather. It also reduces moisture loss, keeping the soil dry and fertile and reducing the need for watering.
With all these positive features, it's easy to see why mulching your garden is a gardening project that will be worthwhile and rewarding. Contact your local mulch supplier to find out what types of mulch they have available and which one will be the best option for your garden.