There’s still ‘mulch to do’ in the garden this winter!

There’s still mulch to do in the garden this winter!

Mulching is an essential part of gardening that involves adding a layer of material to the soil surface to protect and nourish plants. It provides numerous benefits to both the soil and plants, making it an important practice for gardeners to incorporate into their routine.

To get started, you’ll need to choose the right mulch for your garden. There are many options available, including organic materials such as leaves, straw, and compost. Organic mulches are generally preferred as they break down over time and add valuable nutrients to the soil. Once you have your mulch, it’s time to apply it to your garden. Start by removing any weeds or debris from the soil surface.

Our recommended method of mulching here at Bernaville Nurseries, would be by using well rotted manure, as it is the best all-rounder for any type of gardening. Even if you are only just starting your gardening journey with some raised beds, put a layer of manure as the base and then fill the remaining ¾ with compost for your first year of growing. Then as your second winter comes around, spread a layer of manure around your plants as a top layer, making sure to keep it away from the stems and trunks. Aim for a thickness of 2-3 inches, as this will provide adequate protection without suffocating your plants – you don’t even need to dig it in, as the worms will take down all the nutrients and circulate them within the plot!

Some gardeners prefer to use bark as their mulch as this is just as good at retaining moisture in the soil, however it doesn’t add nutrients in the same way as manure does.

Now, let’s talk about the benefits of mulching. First and foremost, mulch helps to retain moisture in the soil, reducing the need for frequent watering. It also helps to regulate soil temperature, keeping your plants cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Additionally, mulch can help to suppress weeds and prevent soil erosion, which can be especially important in areas with heavy rainfall.

In conclusion, mulching is a simple yet effective way to improve the health and productivity of your garden. By choosing the right mulch and applying it correctly this winter, you can enjoy a beautiful and thriving garden all season long.