How Savvy Gardeners Use Mulch To Make Garden Work Easier

 


Article by: Judith Schwader

Mulch provides many benefits to plants , Designing Your Flower Garden For Year-Round Beauty and soil: insulation, shade, moisture , Moss on Lawns retention, weed , Chives - Allium Schoenoprasum reduction, and soil , Pond Filter building. But when mulch is applied at the wrong time or in the wrong form, it can do more harm than good. Use the following guidelines to get the greatest benefit from your mulching effort.

First, make the most of your garden , How To Choose a Storage Shed space, moisture, , A Touch of Feng Shui in the Garden and organic , Vegetable Garden Layout matter (including mulch) by planting wide rows - a width that you can comfortably reach across, rather the width of a single plant. , Patio Gazebos - Add Some Intrigue to Your Patio Wide row planting reduces the number of paths , Are Robotic Lawn Mowers in Your Future? needed through your garden, , Light Up Your And Brighten Your Life and keeps more of the soil , Science Can't Explain Everything! surface covered. This results in fewer weeds , Designing Your Flower Garden For Year-Round Beauty and better moisture , Patio Gazebos - Add Some Intrigue to Your Patio retention, so your mulch can be applied where it is really needed.

~~Finished Compost , Gardening Tips and Tricks for Late Autumn Mulch~~
There is no bad time to add finished compost , This Autumn, Postpone the Winter Blues for Your Lawn to the soil, , Wooden You Like to Know? A Primer to Wood Outdoor Furnishings but for maximum value from this black gold the best time is shortly after spring , Chives - Allium Schoenoprasum shoots and seedlings have gotten established and have their true leaves. Apply a layer of finished compost , How To Choose a Storage Shed mulch. Often called a top dressing, this layer will merge with the topsoil quickly, but try to keep the compost , Choosing A Landscaping Firm from touching the plant , Are Robotic Lawn Mowers in Your Future? stems anyway.

How thickly you layer the finished compost , 5 Most Popular Flowers for Your Garden mulch depends on how much you have available and how much ground you have to cover. Even a thin layer is beneficial; it provides nutrients that gradually work their way down, and gives some protection against weeds, , 6 Steps To A Greener, Healthier Lawn temperature , Moss on Lawns extremes, hard rain, and so forth.

~~Partially Composted Material~~
Half-finished compost , A Touch of Elegance: The Very Best Outdoor Decor or compost , Discount Patio Furniture - An Easy Way to Get the Best that is noticeably fibrous is never good for mulching plants, , A Beautiful Rose Is Nature's Gift or even for adding to the soil , Designing Your Flower Garden For Year-Round Beauty near growing plants. , 9-11 Changed Everything for the Garden Tractor Business Separate additions of partially composted material from planting by at least two or three weeks. The best time to add this kind of compost , Chives - Allium Schoenoprasum is in October or November in ground that will be allowed to rest.

Soil bacteria will break down the material, but these organisms have to use nitrogen in order to do their work. Eventually, the microbes will release the nitrogen and make it available to plants , Fertilizers - What you Need to Feed Your Lawn again, but in the meantime, the half-finished compost , This Autumn, Postpone the Winter Blues for Your Lawn has the effect of starving rather than feeding any growing plants. , Fertilizers - What you Need to Feed Your Lawn

~~Hay and Straw~~
Apply a layer of straw , You Can Grow Your Own Herb Garden - Part 6 or hay once plants , A Beautiful Rose Is Nature's Gift are beyond seedling stage. The timing also depends on soil , A Touch of Elegance: The Very Best Outdoor Decor temperature. Since this mulch forms an insulating layer, wait until the soil , Light Up Your Garden And Brighten Your Life is warm; else the layer of mulch will insulate in the wrong way-preventing the soil , Chain Link Fences from warming up.

In addition to the straw , This Autumn, Postpone the Winter Blues for Your Lawn or hay forming an insulating layer and helping retain moisture, , Soil Plus Compost Equals Lush Healthy Plants the mulch becomes a nice resting place , Light Up Your Garden And Brighten Your Life for melons and squash.

Straw is more carbonaceous than hay, and will break down more slowly. Hay often has a moisture , Are Robotic Lawn Mowers in Your Future? content, and will break down faster. Both are good mulches, but if slugs and snails are a problem, straw , Outdoor Storage Sheds is better. Again, keep the mulch back from touching the plant , Chives - Allium Schoenoprasum stems.

~~Leaves and Grass , How To Choose a Storage Shed Clippings~~
I prefer to compost , 9-11 Changed Everything for the Garden Tractor Business leaves and grass , 6 Steps To A Greener, Healthier Lawn rather than use them as mulch. Leaves are generally acidic, and affect the ph of the soil. , Bring the Smell of Nature into Your Home with These Fragrant Flowers However, some plants , Tillers - How to Find the Right Tiller for the Job such as raspberries prefer slightly acidic soil, , A Touch of Elegance: The Very Best Outdoor Decor and for plants , This Autumn, Postpone the Winter Blues for Your Lawn that don't like an acid ph, an amendment of lime could help neutralize the effect of the leaves.

Grass clippings can be very effective mulch - especially for moisture , How To Choose a Storage Shed retention, but keep an eye on it. Grass , Discount Patio Furniture - An Easy Way to Get the Best packs down, preventing air , A Beautiful Rose Is Nature's Gift circulation so that anaerobic decay occurs. Again, I prefer to compost , You Can Grow Your Own Herb Garden - Part 6 grass; turning the compost , 9-11 Changed Everything for the Garden Tractor Business keeps it aerated.
Life-time gardener Judith Schwader specializes in organic gardening , Soil Plus Compost Equals Lush Healthy Plants methods. She shares expertise, humor, and advice , Patio Gazebos - Add Some Intrigue to Your Patio for your gardening , Adirondack Chairs: An Ole' Time Becon for Rest success at A to Z Gardening. , The Front Porch Swings Through History Also visit FB Home , Are Robotic Lawn Mowers in Your Future? for additional home , Kill 'em or Cure 'em : Moving Houseplants Outside for the Summer and garden , Pictures Of Landscaping - Using Other Peoples Ideas To Design Your Landscape information.

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