May is for mulching! Every gardener should know this basic rule. If you want to impress your friends and family with your perfect garden beds then spring is the time to get some mulching. Using mulch is so beneficial – it helps with weed control, reduces water loss, prevents erosion and improves the quality of the soil. Not to forget that mulch keeps the pants’ roots cool during those hot summer days. So, yes – although mulch is not mandatory to use, it’s benefits make it quite important. This is why we decided to help you out decide what kind of mulch to use and how to use it. All you need to do is follow our basic guide to applying mulch to your garden…
Types of Mulch
When choosing what kind of mulch to use it is good to know that there are organic (compost, manure, lucerne hay, straw, leaf litter, shredded garden waste, grass clippings, composted sawdust and bark chips) that are made from matter which was once alive or part of a living being and unorganic mulches (gravel and black plastic sheeting) that were never part of a living thing. We would recommend using organic mulches as unorganic can never contribute to the health and quality of the soil.
First you have to prepare your beds for mulching which means removing all the existing weeds, enrich the beds and dig the soil. If you want to use newspaper or cardboard or similar under the mulch layer it before application. Make sure you have a trusty pitchfork or lightweight shovel so you can easily apply the mulch.
Time to apply the mulch! And be generous – 2-4 inches of depth is ideal. If the area you are covering is big you can first apply small piles and then spread them using a pitchfork or shovel. Make sure you keep mulch two inches away from trunks of shrubs to avoid collar rot. You should repeat the mulching every year in order to obtain healthy and beautiful beds.