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Learning More about Mulching Mulching is the process of improving the soil around plants by using mulches, which are straw, wood chips, leaves and grass clippings, as well as giving your garden a neat, tidy appearance, and, at the same time, reduce the amount of time spent on watering and weeding. Mulches are either applied to the bare soil or to cover the surface of compost in plant containers. Moisture retention is the topmost objective of mulching, and since plants need constant moisture for proper growth, the mulch keeps the soil moist for longer than a bare soil. Mulches help both in the absorption of water from rainfall and irrigation and the slowing down of evaporation of moisture from the soil. The advantage of improved water retention is that the need for frequent irrigation is reduced resulting into a longer spacing for watering the plants, which reduced water consumption. A mulch layer also slows erosion by preventing water from washing soil out of the garden. Mulch provides as an insulating layer for the soil, therefore allowing the temperature of the ground to change more slowly, and for this reason, mulch is usually applied in the spring or early summer. The fall and winter cold temperature allows the layer of mulch to retain the heat in the soil, such that the warm soil provides longer growth for the plants, as well as protecting the roots from the harsh winter temperatures.
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The layer of mulch prevents sunlight from reaching into the germinating weeds from the soil to grow and this in effect allows mulching to suppress the growth of unwanted weed in the plant beds and in the garden. If weed seeds grow on the top layer of the mulch, they can’t root deeply into the soil and so are unable to grow at all.
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Organic mulch material, like wood chips or leaves, break down over time, such that the decomposing mulch adds nutrient-rich organic matter to the soil, and in effect, these nutrients feed the plants and organisms living in the plant area that are covered with mulch. The decomposed mulch has also given added space in the soil particles, such that the added spaces has provided a way for water, oxygen, and nutrients to reach the plant roots because the soil is not compact or hard. Garden beds and borders can be mulched entirely but with careful consideration of not smothering low growing plants or piling mulches up against the stems of woody plants. The ideal way of applying mulch follows this procedure: first remove the weeds including the roots, moisten the soil, and apply the layer of mulch with a thickness between 5 cm and 7.5 cm.