Garden Mulch Ideas

Red cedar mulch helps deter pests
Red cedar mulch helps deter pests

Many new gardeners don’t often understand how important it is to use mulch around the base of their flowers, plants, shrubs and trees. It doesn’t matter what kind of gardening you’re doing though: flower garden, vegetable gardening, container gardening, or planting bushes and trees, putting mulch around your garden beds will help you in a number of ways. Here are some garden mulch ideas.

1. Mulching your garden plants and flowers

tulips mulched helps keep weeds to a minimum
tulips mulched helps keep weeds to a minimum
This will help you conserve water. By covering the ground around your bushes, flowers, trees and other garden spots, you’re able to help protect your plants from the strong, hot sunlight of summer, and this helps keep the surrounding soil moist for longer periods of time.

 
 
 
 

2. Weed control.

Putting mulch around your plants and flower beds also helps prevent weeds from growing and invading your flower beds. Since mulch serves to keep the sun from reaching the soil around the base of your flowers, weeds will have a much more difficult time growing there. And the few hardy ones that do sprout up will be much easier to see and remove.

3. Cold protection.

mulch in ice storm probably saved this plant
mulch in ice storm probably saved this plant
Mulch is extremely important and useful in areas which freeze each winter season. It’s particularly important to place a thick layer of mulch around the base of tropical plants when you live in an area that freezes each winter. If you have a thick enough layer of mulch, you can often prevent your tropical plants from freezing and dying due to the cold weather.

 
 

Many types of mulch also add a layer of beauty and sophistication to your garden beds.

1. Wood

Bark Mulch is always handy to use
Bark Mulch is always handy to use.

There are a wide variety of materials which can be used for mulching your garden. An excellent organic material is wood chips, shavings, or bark. Since wood is an organic material, it will slowly break down and be mixed into your garden soil, providing more vitamins and nutrients for future years.

 
 

2. Grass clippings or dried leaves

Forest Dried Leaves are easy to collect

Forest Dried Leaves are easy to collect


Leaves which fall from your trees each fall are also excellent natural materials to use for mulching your plants and flowers, as is straw and hay. Since these are also organic materials, they will contribute to the overall richness and fertility of your soil as they break down too.

 
 
3. Synthetic

rubber mulch is not widely used
rubber mulch is not widely used
Some people prefer to use mulch materials which will last for many more years at a time though, and some popular ones include plastic and rubber material made from recycled tires. These often come in the form of circular rings for placing under trees and bushes easily.

 
 
 
 

4. Rocks and pebbles

These can act as a mulch too though, because covering the bare soil around your flowers and plants with pebbles or rocks serves the same purpose: Retaining moisture and preventing weed growth. Traditionally though, most mulches was designed to both protect the plants and flowers while feeding and enriching the soil too.

rock and pebble mulch
rock and pebble mulch

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