Mulch can be composed of different kinds of materials, but the most commendable one to use in landscaping and other types of horticulture are cypress mulch. But in some cases, like planting and rearing tomatoes and pepper plants, it is advisable to use plastic mulch to help create a humid temperature to the soil.
Mulching is a layering technique applicable in any surface soil. One of its purposes is to provide additional moisture to the ground. With mulch, the soil retains water since it is not easily evaporated because the shreds served as a blockage from sunlight, therefore holding the moisture into the ground. It also helps protect the land against cold weather by keeping the snow away from direct contact to the roots of the plants.
It is also beneficial since it hinders the growth of weeds. The straw-like structure forms like a shield that keeps away airborne seeds that may have parasitic traits and helps prevent it from reaching the soil to sprout. And most importantly, organic mulches, when decomposed, can add nutrients beneficial to the garden’s growth.
Cypress wood comes from Cypress Pond Trees. It is either in chipped or shredded form. Cypress Shredded mulch, compared to chipped mulch, is ideal for it can easily decompose because of its fine texture. It is also less expensive, and it creates firm topsoil that is best in protecting the roots of plants.
Some may confuse cypress mulch with organic compost. But there is a considerable variation between the two in terms of properties and purposes. Mulch is meant to cover the topsoil, while compost is made to add nutrients to the ground by mixing it with the dirt to create a fertile ground. Although compost can be added in the topsoil as an alternative to mulch, as long as its thick enough to create a protective layer.
On the other hand, mulch, as much as possible, should only be layered on top of the soil. If too much bark is mixed into the ground, or if the mulch layer is too thick, it can cause harm to the plants, which is why it is essential to separate mulch from the soil to avoid plants from dying out.
Mulch can be homemade, but a packaged mulch is more efficient since it is shredded to a fine texture to best cater to the needs of plants.
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