It’s that time of year when many of us have started vegetable gardens, or are thinking of starting a vegetable garden. Summertime just calls us to watch plants grow and to taste food from our gardens. One of the things many overlook in the process of gardening is mulch. We think about mulch around shrubs or trees, but for some reason we don’t think about putting mulch in our vegetable gardens.
Michigan State University educates students about the positive uses of mulch in gardening from research they have gathered. From their studies, they report that:
- Over time, mulch breaks down and adds rich humus and nutrients back to the soil
- Use of mulch is a sustainable practice, especially organic mulch
- Using mulch will reduce the amount of water loss from the soil, a good practice for water conservation
- Mulch creates more uniform moisture for the plant roots which in turn creates a less stressful environment for the plants
- Mulch will create an environment for plants to be more productive
- When mulch is used in a garden the soil’s air spaces are increased to aid in the decomposition and provide nutrients
- At least 3 inches of mulch will reduce weeds which will reduce irritation at having to weed a garden
- Mulch will protect against temperature changes, which is important in the spring and fall when temperatures can fluctuate down to freezing
So, this summer, to get that great vegetable garden, contact us and let’s talk about how much mulch you need and what type of mulch you need.