If you are planning a vegetable garden this season, you will want to know how vegetable garden mulch can help you in your planting. Mulches halt weed growth by acting as a tough barrier. A good mulch can help you avoid hours of painful weeding. Isn’t that alone worth giving it a try?
So how do you know what kind of vegetable garden mulch to use, and how much to use? Mulch can seem confusing at first, but in reality is quite simple. By arming yourself with mulch knowledge, you can give your garden a wonderful additional benefit which will keep it performing at its best!
Take a peek at these tips for what materials make great vegetable garden mulch and how to use them!
Did you know sawdust contains carbon? This carbon is useful so apply in a thin, 2 inch layer. Lay it down in your garden paths and around all of your plantings. The best part? It is inexpensive!
Hay or straw
This is great for weed control. There are various varieties of hay and they can all be purchased at most garden centers. Hay is great for fruit and veggies plants!
Not only fragrant, pine needles make a nice mulch around trees and shrubs.
Use several layers of newspaper for weed control. Simply cover with some other form of mulch or dirt to hold in place.
A layer of leaves provides free weed control. They are easy to gather, crush, and apply around plantings. The best part is leaves are free!
A 2- to 3-inch layer of compost is a good start for weed control.
Mulch is truly a marvelous product that can really make gardening easier for you and aid your garden in the long run. This season, give mulch a try and reap the many benefits. If anything, your back will thank you when you are not having to dig up as many weeds!