I don’t think there’s one among us that enjoys weeds in our gardens or flower beds. Weeds seem to be the topic of discussion and how to get rid of them. Mulching is a super simple way to not only keep your plants healthy but cut down on weeding time as well. Mulching benefits your gardens by:
- inhibiting the grown of weeds from the very beginning. Not only do weeds look bad, they steal nutrients away from the plants.
- holding moisture in the soil. The hot sun wont’ dry out your plants as quickly.
- keeping your plants cooler.
- protecting the plant from harsh winter weather. Fall mulching is important to protect the plant’s roots from extreme frost.
- possibly adding a little nutrition back into the soil (depending on the type of mulch you use).
There are many types of mulches, see which kind works for you and works well in your geographic location. A little research goes a long way. Some are free, some are more costly. Some are colorful, others are nature friendly. Whatever mulch you decide to use, your plants will thank you!
Here’s a list of possible mulching options:
- grass clippings
- wood/bark chips
- decaying leaves
- peat moss
- pebbles, gravel or stone
- landscape fabric
- coffee bean shell
Mulching works for me! What kinds of mulch work for you, do you have a favorite?