Today most gardeners understand that mulch benefits the vegetable patch. When placed directly on the soil surface, mulch materials reduce evaporative water loss. This keeps the top few inches of soil, where most root activity occurs, moist and cool for plants otherwise stressed by hot temperatures at root level. Mulch also hinders weeds, eliminating them completely if applied thickly enough. Additionally, mulch adds nutrient-rich organic matter to the soil over time, creating a well-structured loam perfect for growing vegetables. Yet despite the many benefits of mulching, many gardeners don’t use enough.
If you need to protect your garden during a heat wave, mulching is essential. Mulching will help you conserve water while increasing crop yields since plant roots stay moist. Here are some common mulches worth considering.
Mulch helps retain moisture in the soil for longer. Mulch prevents evaporation by shielding the soil from the sun. It also reduces water run-off during rain or watering.
This reduces the amount of water needed. (Saves money).
1. Shades delicate seedlings from too much sun. (A mini umbrella).
2. Reduces time spent watering. (Saves time and money).
3. Improves soil drainage and structure as it decomposes.
4. Protects plants from mud-splash during watering or rain.
We have a great selection of mulches, pine straw, soils, and compost to help protect your garden and landscaping at Southern Roots Nursery & Garden Center