Use mulch correctly


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The covering of the soil is called mulching, whereby hobby gardeners have different reasons for it. Which mulch is suitable, reveals this post.

Use mulch correctly

For the term "mulch", most think first of bark mulch, which is now available in every hardware store and garden center. But mulching is much more, because the term was coined many years ago in horticulture. Mulching is all about covering the ground. For this purpose, predominantly organic materials are used, all of which have a goal to keep the soil moist.

Who misses his beds from time to time and a mulch layer, does not go wrong. Because mulch keeps the soil moist, certain mulch also gives it nutrients and as a positive side effect less weeds grow. But not every mulch is suitable for every bed. So that you do everything right, here are a few small tips on where to use which mulch best:

Bark:

Can be used in any flowerbed and is also suitable as a pathway.

Straw:

Is particularly good for vegetable beds, between strawberries and also in the herb bed usable. The straw must be well threshed, so that next spring no grain grows in the garden.

Leaves:

Under trees and shrubs an excellent protective layer. At the same time, it is considered a humus donor when the leaves gradually decompose.

Grass clippings:

All flowerbeds, but also vegetable and herb beds are looking forward to it. Also suitable for Erdbeerbeete, but only after the harvest. Attention: grass clippings should be dry.

Wood chips:

Mainly used among shrubs and trees with lush roots. Not suitable for young plants, as the wood chips suppress plant growth.

Gravel:

Makes itself visually very good in the rock garden and also as Wegbelag.

Rule of thumb: One should never make the layer too high, a maximum of five centimeters are sufficient, even if bark mulch, for example, ten centimeters are specified. Anyone who mumbles properly does a lot for the plants and also has optically more beautiful flower beds.

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