“Adding mulch to your garden is likely the single most effective way to reduce a garden’s water needs and reduce weeds!”

City of Abbotsford

Why mulching is important for your garden!

Adding mulch in the garden make your plantings look terrific healthy and light-weighted. Find the points why mulch considered a gardener’s best friend.

  • You’ll have to do fewer weeding.
  • You won’t need to water as much.
  • Your plants get some disease-fighting help.
  • Your plants stay warmer.

Types of Organic/non-Organic Mulch

  • Bark, Shredded or Chipped
  • Pine Needles
  • Grass Clippings
  • Newspaper (Try to ignore it because of chemical prints)
  • Shredded Leaves
  • Straw

How to Mulch

There is two principal for using mulch in your garden.

  • First, put the mulch down on soil that is already weeded,
  • Second, put down a thick enough layer to discourage new weeds from coming up through it.

A four-inch layer of mulch will discourage weeds, although a two-inch layer is usually enough in shady spots. If you know that a garden bed is filled with weed seeds or perennial roots, try a double-mulching technique to prevent a weed explosion. To do so, set plants in place, water them well, spread newspaper, and top it with mulch.

Mulches that also retains moisture (like wood chips) can slow soil warming. In spring, pull mulch away from perennials and bulbs for faster growth. A wet mulch piled against the stems of flowers and vegetables can cause them to rot, keep mulch about one inch away from crowns and stems.

Mulch piled up against woody stems of shrubs and trees can also cause root and pests can attack and harm your plant.

Know When to Mulch

Mulch is important to reduce the heat emitted from direct sunlight, If you use mulch throughout the year it can not harm your plant but gardeners consider two seasons for mulch.

Mulch in Summer: Mulch important in summer seasons in this time too much hot temperature around in this time mulching is necessary to save your plant either it’s in the garden or in the container. It stores moisture for a long time  and reduces heat label to save your plants. Knowing how to lay mulch properly in the season can help:

  • Control weeds
  • Enrich soil nutrients
  • Retain moisture
  • Insulate plants from freeze and heavy rains
  • Add visual appeal 

Mulch in Winter: Mulch in winter months helps create a firm space to assist plants from shifting too much as water in the soil freezes, thaws, and then refreezes.