The advantages of mulching are numerous.
This technique, very easy to implement, can be applied everywhere in the garden. The advantages of mulching Mulching is a simple practice to implement in organic agriculture to : Improve soil structure: organic mulch is biodegradable. It will decompose into humus which will enrich your soil with organic matter and increase its fertility. Create a refuge for the small allies of the gardener, attracted by the nectar of flowers in winter.
It is also a food reservoir for certain useful natural predators (hedgehogs, birds, etc.). Reduce the frequency of watering: on bare soil, evaporation is 3 times more important than on forested soil. Moreover, in summer when temperatures rise, the transpiration phenomenon of the plant is important.
Mulching allows to absorb water and to maintain the humidity of your soil. Provide nutrients: the soil surface is subject to regular changes in temperature, humidity and concentration of organic compounds.
Mulching keeps these factors as constant as possible, thus encouraging the development of microorganisms and earthworms. The latter, thanks to their digestion work, transform the organic matter of the soil into minerals necessary for your plants. Controlling weeds, eliminating the need for herbicides: mulching prevents light from reaching the soil, thus preventing weeds from germinating and developing.
Where to apply mulch?
You can apply mulch everywhere in your garden: in the vegetable garden, in the orchard, at the foot of young hedges, of your young trees and shrubs, in the beds of your perennial plants. You can also mulch your plants in pots or window boxes.