Mulching is one of the best things you can do for your garden. A generous layer of mulch over the soil surface will suppress weeds, retain moisture, and provide and soil enrichment as it decomposes.
Mulch also helps protect the soil from erosion, moderates the soil temperature, and makes the garden look neat and tidy. Mulching has some disadvantages as well. It can smother your plants, tie up nutrients, add unwanted chemicals, grow fungus, and slow water penetration.
I reached out to my gardening friends and asked if they would share their advice and experiences with using mulch in the garden. This resulted in a collection of seasoned knowledge of various mulching methods for vegetable gardens, flowerbeds, and landscaping. Discover mulching methods that will work in your garden and heed some mulch warnings too.
Mulching Tips and Techniques:
- 7 Ways to Prevent Soil Erosion – Tenth Acre Farm
- Buckwheat as a Cover Crop and Weed Suppressor – Schneiderpeeps
- Gardening Basics: How to Apply Mulch – North Coast Gardening
- Mulch and Compost – Homestead Lady
- Mulch: A Winter Blanket for Your Garden – Niki Jabbour, Rustic Magazine
- Mulching and Lasagna Gardening – At Home with Sweet Pea
- Mulching Flower Beds – Sensible Gardening
- Mulching in the Garden – Tenth Acre Farm
- Our New Vegetable Garden and Mulching Techniques – That Bloomin’ Garden
- Summer Mulches to Keep Moisture in Your Soil – Tricia Edgar, Mom Prepares
- The Theory Behind Back to Eden Gardening – 104 Homestead
- Using Wood Chips in a Vegetable Garden – Learning and Yearning
How to Find Free Mulch:
- It’s Free! DIY Garden Mulch – Little Mountain Haven
- How to Use Free Mulch in Your Garden – The Prudent Garden
- Save Your Leaves: Don’t Throw Away Gardening Gold – Empress of Dirt
Some Cautions About Mulch:
- 5 Things You Should Know About Wood Chip Mulch – Reformation Acres
- Are You Killing Your Trees With Mulch? – Learning and Yearning
- Sour Mulch: I Learned This One the Hard Way – Learning and Yearning
- Why I Hate Landscape Fabric – North Coast Gardening
I hope you gained some knowledge from these experienced gardeners about which mulch you should use in your garden.
The most important point to understand is there is no one method that fits all gardens. Each type of mulch has pros and cons, making it suitable for some situations and not others. Regardless of which method you choose, you should mulch. So which mulch is right for you?
The Art of Gardening: Building Your Soil by Susan Vinskofski. E-book. Learn how to garden while building healthy soil that is more disease resistant, requires no digging, less weeding, and produces delicious, nutrient-dense vegetables. Includes tips on composting, understanding your soil test, and all about mulch. > Click to learn more.
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