Sunday, June 04, 2006

Benefits of Mulch

by Khieng Chho

Environmentalists are advocates for a clean and green environment. Their projects may start from the segregation of bio and non-bio degradable waste materials. Planting of trees in your backyard is also another.

In your own simple can also be an environmentalist. Dare to make a difference...

Flowering plants, fruit-bearing trees, green meadow...these are all creations that need proper care. All of them add beauty to the surroundings. Now, your responsibility is to take care of the said creations.

Plants are very important because aside from adding splendor to the environment, they can also be the major source of food for both human beings and animals. There are ways that are designed to sustain nourishment in a plant's life.

Aside from water and sunlight that are considered to be the basic needs of plants, natural components are also necessary for its growth. Mulch is one.

Mulch refers to any material placed over the soil in your garden. It helps in keeping moisture, deter weeds and protect the soil from erosion. Mulch has been used by most of the farmers and gardeners in the maintenance of the plants. For busy people who still want to ensure the health of the plants, mulch is best to use. It comes from various sources.

This natural component can either be purchased in a garden center or you can make your own by means of the shredding leaves, roots and other organic materials. It serves as an abundant fertilizer for your plants.

Here are some of the benefits of mulch:

* It is environmental friendly.
Rather than throwing the shred organic materials particularly the falling leaves coming from the tree, you can recycle it and create them into mulch. Through this, you are able to save money and preserve the environment.

* It is time-saving device.
It does not require you to consume much time just to tilt the soil and spray your plants all the time. When you put mulch into the plants it will prevent the weeds from sprouting into the garden.

* Constant watering is not necessary.
Mulch keeps the moisture of the soil so that you will not water the plants regularly. Mulch also helps in neutralizing the amount of heat transpiring in the plants.

* Plants are less susceptible to soil erosion.
Mulch enriches the soil and it will prevent rain from washing away the soil. A thicker layer of mulch is mostly preferable.

The only disadvantage about mulch is its unpleasant odor. You can always ignore it if you are really after the nourishment of the plants in your garden.

About the Author

Khieng 'Ken' Chho is author and owner of Garden Mulch. For related articles, visit Ken's website:


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