What Is Mulch?
In its simplest form, mulch is any substance that covers the surface of the soil. In nature, mulch is simply fallen leaves and plant debris. In the garden, mulch can contain compost, wood chips, rotten fertilizer, cardboard and even seaweed.
The sustainable environmental benefits of mulch have become much more appreciated in recent years. When mulched properly, the living microbes in the soil feed on nutrients and the waste products of these tiny microbes create a healthier soil structure of plants and limit their density.
Are There Any Reasons To Avoid Mulch?
Organic mulches are natural products made from leaves, trees, grass and other botanicals, often sourced from your garden. They mimic nature and gradually decompose over time. The upside is that they really add organic matter to the soil. The downside is that it has to be refilled regularly.
Inorganic mulches are products made from man-made materials. They don’t gradually decompose over time like organic mulches, but they also don’t have to be refilled regularly.
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