December 12, 2022
Many gardeners completey forget about mulching their garden, and the plants pay the price for it. When you mulch, you limit the growth of weeds, maintain soil moisture, and help keep the soil temperature warmer during chilly seasons. It may not seem look like it, but mulching also provides nutrients to your soil. What can you use for mulching? Residues such as grain straws, freshly cut grass, wood shavings, tree leaves, or rice hulls are some of the best examples, and you might even have some of them laying around in your garden already!
The best mulch for your soil type and temperature is a soil-based product, but even shredded paper or pine needles are also effective. You can choose from a variety of materials that meet your needs and preferences, such as shredded tires, bark chips, landscaping fabric, and more. You can even make your own mulch using things like cardboard, newsprint, or fabric.
When mulching, be sure to avoid mulching with invasive species such as rhododendrons or azaleas, as well as plants that have deep tap roots such as berry bushes!