COVID-19 is impacting us all, but the stay at home and stay safe message can be a blessing in disguise – especially for your garden!
Typically, autumn is the best time to get in your garden and start preparing for winter, which can include fertilising, pruning, and planting, and of course, mulching.
Mulching provides a huge range of benefits for you and your garden, as it will keep winter weeds at bay, protect roots from frost and help prevent soil from washing away in storms and harsh wind.
Here are 10 benefits of using mulch in your garden.
- Adds organic matter to your soil. This helps make your garden healthier and more resistant to pests and diseases.
- Provides valuable slow-release nutrients and prevents vitamin loss in plants.
- Helps retain moisture in the soil for longer. Mulch prevents evaporation by shielding the soil from the sun. It also reduces water run-off during rain or watering. This reduces the amount of water needed.
- Shades delicate seedlings from too much sun.
- Reduces time spent watering as Mulch can retain up to 70% more water in the soil than unmulched soil.
- Is a great insulator by regulating soil temperature. Keeps roots consistently cool in summer and warm in winter.
- Provides a natural barrier to stop weeds from growing and competing with plants for nutrients. How? By blocking the sunlight. You’ll find it easier to remove the few weeds that do grow. .
- Improves soil conditions. Helps to bind sandy soils and open up clay soils.
- Improves soil drainage and structure as it decomposes.
- Recycles waste materials. For example, organic mulches like grass clippings and leaves