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Ins and Outs of Mulching – A Brief Account

Mulching is the most important aspect of gardening. Whoever comes to me gets this tip from my side as the first and foremost lesson.

What is Mulching?

Mulching is in fact a well established and well practiced horticultural exercise, which involves uniform distribution of layers of materials on the ground in the area surrounding the root of a plant with a view to protect the root from heat, drought or cold and to keep the fruits or flowers clean and disease free and to improve the growth of the plant in question. Let me now discuss a few very crucial aspects of mulching.

Types of mulching

Mulching can be of two types – inorganic and organic.

Inorganic Mulching: – This includes use of plastic, rocks or rock chip, and different types of non-plant materials or materials that are not parts of plant kingdom.

Organic Mulching: – This, on the other hand, includes straw, newspaper, compost sawdust, and a range of other materials belonging to a similar variety.

When you indulge in shallow cultivation of the surface of soil after a heavy spell of rain slows down the pace of water loss from the soil, an effective mulching always makes the difference, preventing raindrops from splashing on the soil surface, thereby reducing the spread of diseases.

How to Improve the Quality of Soil in Your Garden

Soil is THE MOST IMPORTANT aspect of a garden – of any garden. Hence, before doing anything in your garden you need to take utmost care of the soil of your garden. Remember, the soil in your garden or your locality is the best important as well as valuable resource, which needs to be taken care of – regularly. How to do that? Here are some ways from me for your perusal.

Add organic matters to the soil

Adding organic substances of various kinds will go a long way in improving the soil structure of your garden. Organic substances, quite frankly is the most vital component of the structure of soil as it provides the food and the nutrients that are needed by the essential microorganisms as well as the produces that you grow.  You need to keep in mind that with the passage of each season and with the death and removal of each leaf, the capacity of the soil to produce healthy plants and foliage gets depleted. Here is where you need to take care of the soil and add organic matters as that will help the soil maintain its water and nutrient retention capabilities. As water in the form of moisture is retained by minute cavities between the soil particles, adding organic matters will always make the difference.