North Georgia Mulch Company
Mulch is any type of material that is spread or laid over any type of surface of the soil for cover. It’s very good at retaining moisture in the soil, slowing weeds, keeping the soil cool, and to give the garden a better look.
Types of organic mulch includes:
1. Bark, shredded or chipped
4. Composted manure
5. Grass clippings
6. Mulched leaves
Organic mulch will decompose after short periods of time and have to be replaced. While it decomposes it will improve your soils fertility level and organic matter. The dryer and the woodier the mulch is, the slower it decomposes and the fewer nutrients will get to the soil. Its to know where the mulch came from. You certainly don’t want any surprises later down the road with weeds sprouting.
Bark mulches are best used around trees, shrubs, and gardens with minimal digging. These woody mulches are a hassle when moving but last longer than organic mulch.
Composted manure can be used anywhere (even in the toilet (lol). Did you see what I did there? You can use it as a dressing to give it a boost for nutrients. Just make sure to water it in after spreading so it will not burn the grass.
Grass clippings are better for weedy areas that you are trying to smother out the weeds. Grass clippings like a lot of plants have water content, will mat down and will not allow a lot of water to pass through. This will cause a slimy substance. Its best to mulch the grass clippings instead of bagging them but if you do, use a mulching kit. Also, make sure if you do bag your grass, do not put the clippings in a vegetable garden if you have used pesticides or herbicides of any kind, it may kill the garden.
As a mulch, newspaper is becoming more and more popular. If you use newspaper, use it with four to eight sheets of newspaper. It will keep roots and soil moist. Great for smothering out grass to create another garden.