Why you should mulch your garden this spring


If you’re an avid gardener, you might have heard the terms ‘mulch’ and ‘mulching’ a few times. You might have even been advised to mulch your own garden!

In this blog post we outline what mulch is, types of mulch and why you should apply mulch to your garden this spring.

What is Mulching?

Put simply, mulching is a treatment used to improve the soil that surrounds plants. However, mulching is also widely used as a way to give gardens a neater appearance and to reduce weed occurrence.

Mulching helps soil to retain as much moisture as possible in the hot summer months and helps to protect and insulate the roots of plants in the winter.

Why you should apply mulch to your soil

    Improves soil texture
    Deters some pests
    Gives an aesthetic finish
    Suppresses weeds
    Protects plant roots in the winter
    Retains moisture for plant roots in the summer

What is Mulch?

Mulch itself is a covering of material, such as bark, which is placed on the surface of cultivated soil, such as a flower bed.

Types of Mulch are categorised into two main types: biodegradable and non-biodegradable.

Biodegradable mulches are those which gradually and naturally break down, releasing nutrients into the soil to help improve its composition. This kind of mulch needs to be topped up as the older material breaks down.

Biodegradable mulch includes:

    Wood chippings
    Bark
    Straw
    Seaweed

Non-biodegradable mulches do not improve soil structure, however they do still conserve moisture, suppress weeds and give a tidy finish to your garden.

Non-biodegradable mulch includes:

    Slate
    Gravel
    Sea shells
    Pebbles

When and how to mulch

When: The best time to mulch your soil is widely considered to be mid-to-late spring and autumn. This is because the soil is both moist and warm in these seasons, which will ensure successful application and integration with the existing soil.

How: Mulching is pretty straight forward. It can be done effectively by a professional gardener or by someone having a go for the first time!

You can administer mulch by hand, however there is also lots of mulching equipment available online which can help you to achieve an effective and professional looking finish for your garden.

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