mom. Organic Gardening. October 10th , 2017.
A mulch is a protective cover spread around or over the plant/soil. It is used as an attempt to modify the local climate and environment in order to help the plant to grow better. In organic gardening, placing mulch could be effective to increase yields as well as to improve the quality of the product.
There are two types of mulch: organic and inorganic. It’s placed around/over your plants to change the surrounding growing environment. By doing so, it helps to ensure the effective fertilization of your soil. Another benefit is that mulch can be useful to protect your garden against heavy rains or a minor infestation. It gives additional support to the growing plants as well as nutrients to help the growth processes.
There’s also another benefit; mulch helps to regulate the moisture and temperature of the soil, as well as improve the beauty of your organic garden.
Mulch able to decrease drastically the amount of water needed for plants’ to grow strong. It can retain water better than soil, which helps the growth of plants as water and nutrients become more available.
There are two kinds of mulches you can use: organic and inorganic/synthetic. Organic mulches are made of crushed pine needles, leaves, lawn clippings, saw dust, straw, compost, wood chips etc. Synthetic or inorganic mulches made of stones, rocks, and even plastic.
Compared to inorganic mulch, organic mulch is better, as it able to retain more nutrients and water, thus do an effective job to support the growing plants. You should now that most types of organic mulches require to be watered frequently at the starting stages, so that could costs you more time and effort. But for the long term, that will actually help you save more time and effort.
Mulch is also often used to boost the texture quality of the soil as well as it offers visual relief option in a garden. Organic types of mulches from saw dust, wood chips, etc. are often come colored with colorful dye that will give color contrast to your garden.
Organic mulches are more preferred over inorganic ones as they can hold nutrient capacity better. Mulch made from aged compost can act as a fertilizer and it may remove the requirement to fertilize the soil. Apply multiple mulches in your organic garden to boost the soil quality and visual appearance of it.
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