Bark mulching has become very popular in recent years for not only its striking appearance but for the many benefits it has for your garden.
Although bark mulching is associated with modern gardens, the concept of mulching is by no means new. Mulching is derived from the German word Molsch which means ‘soft or beginning to decay.’ Over time in forests and woodlands, leaves, needles and bark fall from trees matting together to form a natural barrier that spreads over the soil. This protective layer provides enormous benefits and quite simply is one of the best treatments you can give to your garden. Here are 8 reasons why it’s worth installing mulch in your garden.
1. Weed control
Mulch acts as a barrier by shutting out a lot of sunlight that would otherwise find its way to the soil and encourage weeds to grow.
2. Maximise soil nutrients
Organic based mulch releases nutrients back into the soil, whilst both organic and non-organic mulches (such as recycled plastic or rubber) protect the soil against rainwater that can wash away nutrients.
3. Retain moisture
Organic and non-organic mulch prevents the evaporation of water from the soil. As a result, plants retain more moisture which means less maintenance and lower water bills, especially during the Summer months.
4. Pest control
Unwanted pests can be deterred from your garden by using certain types of mulch such as Cedar bark which contains oils that act as a natural insect repellent.
5. Prevents soil erosion
Soil erosion can be controlled with the use of organic mulch by protecting the soil against rainwater which over time washes the soil away. In addition, the mulch naturally breaks down over time, seeping into the soil and improving its structure.
6. Welcomes earthworms
Earthworms thrive in an organic mulch environment. They are great for encouraging good soil structure and maintaining high levels of nutrients in the soil.
7. Prevents ‘Frost-heaving’
Frost heaving is when plants are pushed out of the ground by the natural expansion and contraction of the soil as it cools off and heats up.
8. Improves the look of your garden
Apart from giving your garden a natural looking polished appearance, plants and shrubs are a lot more vibrant when set in mulch because of the contrasting dark background. Mulching also has the added benefit of not fading over time.
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