Mulch in our opinion is even more important than compost.
What is mulch?
Mulch is a layer of any brown organic (or compostable) material that is placed on top of the soil. Mulch will eventually over time become compost in your soil.
Good sources of mulch:
- Wood chips and or bark (not readily available in South Africa)
- Compost heaps that went halfway
- Horse bedding
- Fallen Tree leaves
- Weed free dead garden plants
What does mulch do:
The main benefits of mulch are:
- Retains water in soil, as much as 50 percent less watering needed!
- Protects the soil layer and improving conditions for microbial life to flourish that in turn keeps soil loose and more fertile. – So basically more fertile soil that requires less work!
- Improves retention of nutrients and organic matter in soil.
- Keeps weeds down
- Improves the visual appeal of your garden.
- Keeps carpets clean, no more muddy shoes!
How much mulch?
Work with what you have, a layer of up to 5 cm is really good but any is better than nothing.