create an outdoor getaway at home

create an outdoor getaway at home

Organic Mulch To Keep Your Garden Healthy

by Alfredo Gibson

Adding mulch to your garden can make it look more attractive and it's a low-cost way to maintain a nice looking landscape. Some mulch consists of small pieces of rubber and others contain artificial dyes that can be harmful to your plants. Consider using organic mulch instead, which will help protect your plants and can also look as appealing as store bought versions.

Straw

You can use straw for mulch made from wheat, oats, rye, and other plants for a good organic solution. It's fairly inexpensive and easy to find at most garden stores. Straw makes an ideal winter mulch since it's highly insulating and will protect plants' roots from frost. It can also be used in summer for vegetable gardens and make a great choice for strawberry plants. It has also been shown to be highly effective at preventing weeds and reducing water loss. Just be aware that straw provides a welcome home for rodents, so it's important to be observant in case you happen to find some nesting in your garden.

Pine Needles

Pine needles used as mulch have a pleasing appearance, and the best part is that you can get this type of mulch free of charge. Simply rake up pine needles from your lawn and add a layer on top of your garden. If you don't have any nearby pine trees, ask a friend or neighbor if you can have their fallen needles. Most people will be happy to have the help, and you'll literally spend nothing other than time and a little effort to get the mulch you need. The acidity of pine needles is high, so it provides much-needed nutrients to the soil in your garden for plants that prefer a higher acidity level. Pine needles also take a long time to decompose so they'll last a long time without the need for replacing a layer as quickly as some other forms of mulch.

Crushed Stone Or Volcanic Rock

Using stone as mulch gives your garden a modern, clean appearance and looks great with almost any variety of plants. Rocks and stones won't blow away on windy days and they keep weeds and pests at bay. You can choose between a finely crushed stone or a more coarse version, and you can also mix and match the two for interesting textural appeal. Since rock is all natural, there is no risk of harmful chemicals leaching into the soil. Just be sure you choose rock mulch that has not been treated with coloring agents. Volcanic rock is a good choice because it helps to raise the pH level of the soil, but it should only be used on plants that require a lower soil acidity level. Consider these all natural, organic forms of mulch for your next gardening plan and your plants will thank you. To find out more, contact a business like Mulching by Proline X-cavating.


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