Mulching your garden is an elegant way to protect your plants, stop weeds from growing, and keep your soil consistently cool and moist during both hot and cold temperatures. It also encourages beneficial microorganisms to grow in your soil which in turn help improve soil texture and the ability of plants to take up nutrients from the soil. It comes in a variety of different mixes and materials that all serve different purposes, and no matter which you choose, it is ultimately a way to cut costs without compromising the look of your garden.
An Excellent Insulator
When you distribute an layer of mulch over your soil, you’re keeping your soil insulated, allowing it to retain moisture on those hotter, drier stretches of summer. This simple solution will save you both time and a whole lot of water. Those gallons can add up, so your water bill will thank you. In addition, you may find fewer weeds cropping up, as mulch restricts the sunlight they so desire. You do not need to layer mulch evenly. In fact, mulch should be thickest over your plants’ roots.
Are Gardening Stones Better?
Gardening stones provide a long-lasting aesthetic and similar protection to mulch, but at significant cost. The nice thing is, once you’ve laid stone, it’s there to stay. However, in the hotter seasons, the stones themselves warm up and pull moisture from the soil. So they actually make your plants thirstier.
Mulches tend to be a lot cheaper while providing the same benefits. In some cases, you can just make your own mulch using some of the clippings and compostable materials from your yard.
Your final decision here is an aesthetic one. Gardening stones are a commitment, so if you end up disliking their look and effectiveness, you now have a lot of stone to contend with. Though you need to redistribute your mulch every season, you have more flexibility in how you can use it in your garden.
The Different Types of Mulch
When you’re deciding on a mulch, ask yourself:
With everything going on in our busy lives, often the two things we have the least of are time and money, and any opportunity to save on either is a blessing. Thankfully, we can save a bit of both simply through using mulch in our gardens!
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