involves spreading a layer of organic matter around the base of plants, shrubs
trees and beds. It is extremely easy to do and brings many benefits to your
A simple layer
around the base of your plants can help protect your garden from changing
weather conditions and give your plants the boost they need this spring.
protection for roots - layering around the base of the plant will insulate and
protect the root ball during freezing conditions and heavy frosts.
from weathering due to heavy rain - heavy rain washes fine silt and vital
minerals and nutrients from the soil. A layer of organic matter can help reduce
and replace these losses. • Reduced soil erosion - wind, rain and raking in the
garden, all result in topsoil loss. Mulching can provide a protective layer
above your valuable topsoil.
concentration of worms - worms will be attracted to areas of the garden rich in
organic matter where they will feed and deposit highly nutritious worm
• Worms pull
compost down to soil - as worms feed on the organic matter around the root ball
they will take the compost deep down into the soil making it more quickly
available to the plant roots.
• Feed for
topsoil - fine particles in the organic matter will work down into topsoil
improving its nutrient levels and structure.
moisture loss in Summer - a cap of organic matter on the surface of the soil
can protect the topsoil from drying out and cracking in the direct sun.
Suppression.- mulching can help smother and suppress the growth rate of weeds,
reducing garden maintenance.