Tips to Choosing the Right Garden Mulch
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Mulch not only adds an eye-catching touch to a garden or landscape, it’s also good for the health the plants. It can reduce water consumption by up to 25%. It can help lessen soil compaction and soil erosion, eradicates the need to mow around trees or shrubs, and increases soil aeration. Also, mulch prevents weed […]
There are many choices of mulch offered in the market today. The right kind of mulch to use depends on your budget, style, and site. Read on to learn some tips and insights:
Organic mulches include: hardwood chips, pine straw, and pine bark. These mulching materials break down over time, which could be benefit and a drawback. Some organic mulches like pine straw need replacement each year, while others like pine bark will last for an extended amount of time. As the organic mulching material breaks down, it might be necessary to add a new layer of mulch to keep the ideal depth of 3 to 4 inches. The positive side is, the decaying mulch adds nutrients to the soil, creating a better growing environment for your plants.
Inorganic mulches include rubber, rocks, recycled rubber, plastic, rubber, and landscape cloths. Rocks come in colourful forms, lava rocks, crushed gravel, and white pebbles. Though such mulching materials won’t decompose, the longer they stay in a landscape or garden, the more likely that weed seeds will be blown in-between them and begin to germinate.
Rubber mulches are available in different colours and are intended to look like organic mulches. These can’t decompose but they may lose its colour over time, due to weathering.
Landscaping sheets and cloths are woven and restrain weeds from springing up. They are easy to install in a bare soil, and you can lay plants out on the fabric prior to cutting holes in the sheets or cloths. But you have to note that wherever you cut the sheet or cloth, there is an increased probability for weeds to germinate.
Some people add pebbles or rocks or organic mulch over landscape cloth to achieve a more natural feel. When you are using landscaping cloth, it’s best to put drip irrigation hoses underneath, since the cloth may not allow water permeation.
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