If you have a garden or trees, one thing that you want to do is to invest in some mulch. Mulch can help the soil and give your garden a great look. But there are a lot of different types of mulch to choose from, so it can be hard to find the right one. Below are organic and inorganic mulches, and an explanation of each type.
Mulch that is organic is going to decompose and it will improve the structure of the soil and add nutrients.
- Garden compost – This helps with preventing the weed seeds from becoming germinated by blocking out light. Garden compost also slowly breaks down and supplies the nutrients to the ground gradually.
- Leafmold – This is ideal for shrub borders and woodland gardens and it’s very simple to make.
- Farmyard manure – This has to be well-rotted. Manure is a very good nutrient source and it’s ideal when you’re mulching shrubs and shrubs.
- Composted bark – This is the most nutritious choice when you’re considering wood and bark mulches. It should be used around shrubs and trees, especially plants that love acid.
- Chipped bark – This is low when it comes to nutrients and it’s going to remove the nitrogen from the soil at first. It’s dense and heavy, discourages germination of weeds and it will last for many years before you have to top it off.
- Wood chips – These decompose slowly, and they’ll initially remove the nitrogen from soil. These should be used for your paths or behind shrub borders. Don’t use them around herbaceous or young plants.
- Composted straw – This doesn’t have a lot of nutrients and it could have weed seeds in it. However, it’s fine to use at the rear of a border where it can’t be seen.
- Cocoa shells – This type of compost is nice to look at but they’re costly. They will rapidly decay, and they’ll have to be topped off each year. Water the shells to help with binding them together.
- Mushroom compost – This will supply the soil with some nutrients and it decays slowly. Since it contains chalk, it’s not recommended to use around plants that love acid, like rhododendrons.
- Spent hops – This mulch is lightweight and low when it comes to nutrients. It has a tendency to blow around when it’s dry and quickly rots. You should lay it on thick and be certain that’s watered.
Inorganic mulches discourage moss from growing and will prevent the soil from splashing on leaves and flowers. They will provide good drainage at the surface, so they’re useful for plants who should have dry leaves and stems.
- Gravel – This is decorative and perfect for plants that are drought tolerant and around alpine and rock plants.
- Stone chips and coarse grit – These are great for mulching the small plants like succulents or alpines in terra-cotta pots or raised beds.
- Pebbles and cobbles – They’re attractive for most settings, particularly around the water features.
- Geo-textile membranes – This mulch is really useful around shrubs and trees that are newly planted and helps with suppress weeds and retain moisture.
- Plastic Sheeting – You can lay this around new shrubs and trees and it’s very useful around newly planted trees and shrubs. You can use some type of camouflaging mulch over top of it to disguise it and help with suppressing weeds.
Think about the types of plants you have and the type of garden. Then think about the different types of mulch, so you can find the one that is right for your needs.
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