Your garden has many different components: Light, trees, plants, rocks, water, dirt, lines, accents, etc. These all add to the over all impression of the garden, how it feels, and operates. Mulches are an interesting facet of the garden. Some have it, and some don’t. Also it can be made of many different things and come in many colors and textures. What ever one you choose should interact with your garden and the overall look you want to achieve.
Mulch can be anything from pea gravel, to crushed volcanic rock, to coco shells, to shredded plant and tree material. Mulches are either organic or non organic depending on their composition.
Mulch does provide some key advantages to the gardens as well as augmenting the look. Both types will inhibit weed growth, and force the weeds that do emerge to be leggy, and not have as great a foot hold in the soils as non-mulched gardens. This means that the small investment in mulch will save you time and energy with less weeding all year long. Organic mulches break down over time adding nutrients and structure to the soil. They also will help retain moisture as do some non organic mulches, decreasing the plant stress due to lack of water in the summer. A mulch layer acts as a buffer by regulating soil temperature, and helps to protect plants and their roots during their dormant period in the winter. In addition, light mulches will reflect some of the solar radiation from the sun. Darker mulches will absorb the sun and radiate it at night. This will help cold-sensitive plants endure nightly temperature variations better.
It is a good idea to add a mulch of some description to your garden beds if they allow it. It can be a fun, easy and add an interesting dynamic to your garden.
To Mulch or not to Mulch?
The great garden debate – here is our take 🙂
Your garden should be a getaway. A place you love to work or relax. It encompasses a variety of elements: lighting, rocks, trees, plants, water, dirt, lines, accents and so on. All of these elements contribute to the effect of a garden.
Mulches can be made up of a variety of materials; pea gravel, crushed volcanic rock, coco shells, or shredded plant and tree material. Mulches can be either organic or non-organic depending on their composition. Every garden should have some form of mulch when possible.
Benefits of Mulch (we are PRO MULCH here at Lay of The Land)
- Inhibits weed growth – prevent weeds from establishing a good foothold in the garden soil decrease germination and strength.
- Enhances Plant growth – retains moisture in the soil decreasing plant stress due to lack of water in the months that tend to be a little dry.
- Regulates soil temperature – mulch is a buffer layer, regulating soil temperatures and providing protection to plants and their roots in their dormant stage in winter
- Light Mulch – will reflect some the solar radiation from the sun
- Dark Mulch – will absorb the sun and radiate it at night, assisting cold sensitive plants to endure nightly temperature fluctuations.
- Augments the overall look of a garden creating an aesthetically pleasing garden with a touch of personality.