Those who love trees, animals, birds or any elements of nature will obviously look for some green patch within his own house. But gardening isn’t that easy as it sounds to be. One needs to spend enough time and energy to make the garden look beautiful and decorate the house aesthetically as well. However, one of the best time-saving measures that a gardener can take is applying mulch and this is applicable for both vegetables and flower beds. Studies have already shown how the mulch gardens are healthier, and get hold of fewer weeds. Also during the summer seasons when the entire garden catch draught, these mulched ones are more resistant to drought than the unmulched ones.
Mulching the Gardens Right and Helping Healthy Plantation- Brendan Wetzel Notes
Just like fertilizers, Brenda Wetzel identifies that there are two different types of mulches- the organic ones and the inorganic ones. The organic mulches generally include the materials that were a living part of the garden earlier like the chopped off leaves, the straws, grass clippings, wood chips, shredded bark, sawdust and even paper. On the contrary, the inorganic mulches include gravel, stones, black plastic, and also geo-textiles.
Whatever be the choice, both of them are equally good in resisting the formation of weeds, but the organic ones have one certain advantage over the inorganic ones, i.e., the improvement of soil as these materials start decomposing. Again, to think about the inorganic mulches, they might not be improving the condition of the soil, but under certain circumstances, they are indeed the mulch of choice.
Brendan Wetzel rightly points out the two cardinal rules regarding the use of organic mulches to avoid the formation of weeds. First being quite obvious, spreading the mulch on that portion of the soil which is already weeded, and secondly, the mulch must be spread out in thick layers, so that the weed doesn’t find any scope for the new formation. Generally, it requires 4 to 6 inches of mulch to completely discourage the weeds, but for the areas where there’s enough shade, 2 to 3 inches of mulch can serve the purpose. It has been generally seen that the weeds are in full action when there’s enough sunlight, so keeping enough shady areas in your garden is equally needed.
But organic mulches have always won the race over the inorganic ones as it saves labor and even nurtures the plants by preventing the weeds from further germination. Also, use of organic mulches works best in keeping the soil cool and retains the moisture. As a result of it, during the summer seasons, the lack of water is not felt and slow method of decomposition releases the nutrient into the soil as well. However, there are some restrictions which need to be kept in mind, and Brendan doesn’t forget to mention them as well. For organic mulches that have got low nitrogen content, the level of nitrogen in the soil needs to be regularized as well.
It’s an art, and none of the art forms can be mastered so easily. So keep trying out with options until you find the one that suits the best for you.