If your New Year’s Resolution is to create a healthier garden, mulching is definitely going to need to be high up on your list of priorities. Read on to discover more. Whilst mulch can be effective in terms of your garden’s aesthetics, the main purpose and benefit of it is to aid your plant’s growing conditions. This is because it deters the growth of weeds and helps to conserve water. Not only this, but mulch is used in order to protect the soil from the effects of differing weather conditions and the occurrence of erosion. Essentially, it aims to provide the soil and thus the roots of the plants the optimum environment for growth. 


There are lots of different types of mulch. In essence, the term defines an organic structure that is utilised to cover the soil, and as mentioned it helps to achieve the best atmosphere for plant growth. However, not all organic structures are defined as mulch. For instance, gravel is not because it does not do anything to enhance the soil. Nevertheless, the following organic structures are all types of mulch; chipped bark, manure, leaf mold, grass clippings, pine straw, recycled wood pallets, and compost.

The most popular type of mulch tends to be chipped or shredded bark. Not only do these offer a lot to the soil, but people tend to like their aesthetic quality as well. On the other hand, whilst the likes of grass clippings, compost, and manure provide the nutrients necessary, they also decompose at a rapid pace too. Therefore, they require frequent reapplying, and if not done so then the soil will not retain high levels of moisture.

As stated, mulch offers the optimum environment for plant growth, but how exactly does it do so? First and foremost, one of the main benefits is the fact that mulch actually regulates the temperature of the soil and, therefore, works as a method of insulation. This helps to provide a steady soil temperature come rain or shine.

In addition to this, mulch is also advantageous because of the fact that it aids the retention of soil moisture. The way in which it does this is through diminishing evaporation and aiding the soil’s absorption of rainwater. With further regards to rainwater, you should consider that because the mulch acts as a barrier between the soil and water, it limits the potential for erosion.

And if all of this wasn’t enough, mulch helps to get rid of those pesky pests known as weeds. This is because it makes weeds a lot easier to pull out of the ground. It also diminishes the possibility of weeds occurring in your garden space as well.

Mulch is not the only way to go about healthy gardening in 2019. You can also make the most of DIY greenhouse kits. Other tips include planting disease-resistant varieties, making sure your bulbs, vegetables, fruit, and shrubs have enough room for growth when planted, and commit to watering your plants in the morning when it is cooler.

As you can see, mulch is a must in order to create a healthy garden in 2019. Make sure you follow the other tips provided as well.