If you're looking for a way to save lots of time in the garden, look no further. This article will introduce Malaysian home gardeners to the benefits of "mulching". Mulch, in general, is any type of organic (wood chips, cocofiber) or inorganic material (stones, plastic film) that is spread or laid over the surface of the soil as a covering. Mulching your pot plants and flower beds will drastically reduce the amount of time spent weeding, watering and fighting pests. It also improves the appearance of your garden, and keep dirt from splashing up on your flowers and plants when it rains. If possible, consider using an organic mulch. Organic mulches (as opposed to inorganic ones like glass, plastic, or rubber) will break down over time, adding nutrients and organic matter to your soil. The living organisms and microbes in the soil will break down organic mulches, which will result in healthier soil life.
Benefits Of Organic Mulching And How It Saves You Time In The Garden:
In addition to beautifying your garden environment, mulching provides the following benefits:
1) Suppresses Weeds
Adding a layer of mulch on top of your garden soil will help to drastically restrict weed growth due to sunlight not being able to reach the weeds. Without sunlight, weeds cannot grow. Constant weeding used to be a necessary garden upkeeping task, but with mulching, such a chore is no longer necessary.
2) Retains Soil Moisture
Mulching will help to retain moisture in your garden soil since water cannot evaporate so easily through the thick blanket of mulch. It acts as a barrier against the hot sun, and prevents your soil from drying up too quickly. That means you don't have to water your plants so often, especially during dry sunny spells.
3) Prevents Soil Splash
Many a times, heavy rain has caused dirt to splash on your garden plants or tiled floorings. Mulching will prevent soil splash and compaction by absorbing the impact of rain drops. It protects your plants from dirt-borne diseases and you no longer have to mop and clean floors after a heavy downpour.
4) Prevents Soil Compaction
As time goes on, your soil will start to get compacted and crusted due to wind, rain and sun. When soil compacts, the tiny pores between soil particles close up, thus making it harder for roots to grow, breathe and absorb water. Adding a layer of mulch will allow the soil to remain loose and aerated since it acts like a cushion. You won't end up having to dig up and repot your plant again due to soil compaction or erosion.
5) Acts as Slow-Release Fertilizer
Organic mulches break down over time, and when they do, they act as a slow-release fertilizer to release back vital nutrients back into the soil. Not only is this beneficial for the plants, but also beneficial for friendly microbes or organisms that thrive on the top layer of soil. That means you won't have to fertilize your plant as often as before.