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15 Reasons to Start Using Mulch Right Now

Mulching is something everyone should be doing, though surprisingly few actually do. If it’s a concept you’re not entirely familiar with, one way of looking at mulch is as the icing used to top the cake (i.e. soil) for the benefit of your plants and your garden in general.

In terms of pricing, mulch ranges from the sublime to the ridiculous. While it has the potential to be expensive, it can also be 100% free of charge if you make your own. Still, evidence seems to suggest that a fair few gardeners are in need of a gentle nudge in the right direction, having so far failed to get on board with the modern mulch movement!

So with this in mind, here’s a quick rundown of just 15 of the endless benefits of using mulch:

  1. First of all, mulch adds the kind of precious organic matter to your soil that can both promote healthy plant development and improve resistance to disease and pests alike.
  2.  As mulch serves as something of a slow-release nutrient provider for plants, it can help maintain optimum nutrient levels.
  3. If you make your own mulch or opt for an affordable manufactured product, it could save you a fortune on fertilisers.
  4. One of the primary functions of mulch is to help soil hold onto precious moisture for longer.
  5. By maximising moisture efficiency, less watering is needed and less water is wasted as a result.
  6. When working with delicate seedlings, mulch can serve as something as of a mini-umbrella and offer protection from overly powerful sunlight.
  7.  As a naturally outstanding insulator, mulch helps with soil temperature regulation. Roots are kept warm in the winter months and cooler during summer.
  8. In addition, should your garden be hit by an unexpected frost at any time, the protective coverage of a ‘blanket’ of mulch can help minimise the damage.
  9.  Using mulch creates a physical barrier that can deter or even prevent troublesome weeds from growing around your plants. What’s more, those that do grow will usually be much easier to remove.
  10. The relatively strong and sturdy nature of mulch can be helpful in supporting young seedlings and weaker plants, during their earliest growth stages.
  11. Mulching is simply a fabulous way of recycling and reusing various waste materials, including the kinds of leaves and grass cuttings that may normally be thrown out.
  12. As mulch decomposes, it actively contributes towards better soil structure and drainage.
  13. Mulch is incredibly easy to work with and very difficult to go wrong with, just as long as you aren’t too heavy handed with the amount you use.
  14. It’s perfectly possible to tailor your own unique mulch ‘recipes’ with various fragrant additives to give your garden an enticing aroma.
  15. Last but not least, mulch has the potential to serve as an extremely decorative addition to your garden in its own right. Used in pots, beds and pretty much anywhere else, mulch makes a great visual complement to just about any garden.

 

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