As you local professional gardener I could not recommend mulching your garden enough! Mulching is a great gardening maintenance practice. The benefits of having mulch in your garden are significant for maintaining a healthy garden.
Firstly, visually speaking. Mulching is very aesthetically pleasing on the eye. If you’re looking to sell your property or attract investors or tenants, a freshly mulched garden bed is a cheap investment that goes a long way. Aesthetics are great but how does mulch benefit your garden?
A thick layer of good quality mulch will keep the weeds at bay. Weeds and seeds need sunlight to germinate and thrive. A blanket of thick mulch will help prevent that. Some weeds may get through but there will be less work. If you’re consistent you’ll start winning the battle of weeding.
Mulching has environmental benefits. Mulching will hold moisture in soil for longer by preventing water evaporation giving your plants roots longer access to water which can make the difference on a hot summer day. It’s also a fantastic temperature regulator for your plants. Did you know healthy roots make healthy plants? Like our brains, roots need protection from the hot sun and freezing winter cold. Mulch will keep your roots warm in winter and cool in summer. That’s what I love most about mulch!
Mulch will trickle feed your garden bed. Be careful as cheap woodchip mulch can sap nitrogen from your soil which is a vital mineral element for plant growth. Organic mulch like straw mulch or Lupin mulch are fantastic for building soil health and structure. A great wood chip mulch is 100% pine bark mulch. It is environmentally sustainable and is long lasting in the garden. Personally, my least favorite mulch is black mulch. It looks great on the first day however, black mulch can carry weeds because it’s not 100% woodchip so it will disappear and that’s not what you want from your mulch.