Whether you choose longer lasting inorganic mulch, or the more natural organic variety applying mulch and keeping your garden mulched throughout the growing season has several benefits.
Both organic and non-organic mulch helps soil retain water. Limiting evaporation and keeping the plants cooler especially during the heat of summer keeps them healthy and growing all while helping to keep your water bill in check.
Mulching helps retain the soil. Rain water erodes bare soil and the harder it rains the more earth is moved. Mulch deflects even the hardest of rainfall keeping your garden and flower beds from washing out.
Mulch is an effective weed control. By blocking out the sun in the open spaces in your garden a thick layer of mulch can stymie the most persistent weeds. Mulching to prevent weeds is labor saving and reduces the need to apply chemicals to your garden.
Maintains and adds to the soil nutrients. Mulching, through erosion control helps the soil maintain its nutrient balance. As they decompose organic mulches actually add natural easy to absorb nutrients to the soil.
Organic mulch attracts earthworms to your garden. Earthworms aerate the soil improving soil structure making it easier for your plants to use the food you give them.
Not every inch of the garden has something growing in it. Mulch can fill those blank spots with a attractive filler. Mulch looks natural between plantings, requires little maintenance and doesn’t compete for space, water, sun or nutrients as do other living ground covers.