Mulching is a great way of saving money as well as conserving water supplies, which is the most precious resource today. Did you know that an average household will make use of 240,000 litres of water every year or about 5 times an average swimming pool? 36% of all household water is being used on gardens. Adding a mulching plan can help save up about 73% of what may be lost through evaporation.
Aside from saving water, mulching is also a fantastic weed suppressant. Indeed, this is the key to a low maintenance garden. The right selection of mulch will increase the level of nutrients in the soil.
Experts highly emphasized that mulch is very simple to apply. All you have to do is weed the garden bed, water and spread some mulch around. Bear in mind though to leave at least 10cm clearance around the plant’s base. After application, do not forget to water well. If you choose to use the mulch as a fertilizing agent, consider applying a nitrogen supplement as this will help in decomposition.
Be aware that the faster the mulch breaks down, the better it will be for the soil. But if long-term mulch is necessary, slower decomposition is a better option.
Did you know that things will break down based on the carbon/nitrogen ratio? If the carbon to nitrogen ratio is lower, the materials will be broken down faster and the nutrients will be released to the soil instantly. Such levels can be estimated by merely looking at the mulch. If the structure is denser, it means that it contains higher carbon level and it will take a bit longer for it to be broken down.
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