Mulch are materials that you can use to keep your garden well-kept and nourished. All you need to do is to find out the kind of garden mulch to use for your gardening needs. The reason behind this is that every type of mulch can really affect the consistency and pH level of your soil, so if you get to use the wrong one, there is a big possibility that your garden will not grow the way you would have wanted it to.

What are the different types of mulch?

There are several types of mulch that you can use depending on their composition and the materials used to make them. Each type of mulch differ not only in the materials but also on the amount that should be used on your plants.


Organic is one type of mulch which is great because the composition is heavier and would not wash out even when it’s raining hard outside. It keeps your plants free from insects, weeds and seals in the moisture in the soil. One great thing about organic mulches is that it doesn’t contain any other chemicals that may be harmful to your plants.

Organic mulch can be compost, which is ideal for your garden because it is packed with a lot of moisture that can eventually keep the soil moist. One thing that you should remember about compost is the fact that it uses up nitrogen the same way that your plants do. So to avoid

competition, you should make sure that you use the right amount of compost mulch.

The second most common organic mulch is cocoa bean mulch. It smells great; it makes you think about having a cup of coffee every time you step into your garden. Make sure that your dogs do not go near your plants with cocoa bean mulch because they will really chow them down.

The third would be grass clippings which decompose easily. They give off extra nitrogen for your plants to feed on. Vegetables would be the perfect plants to test grass clippings as your mulch.

There are other sources of organic mulch: you can use tree barks, wood chippings, sawdust, hay and even pine needles. You can even use organic a animal manure which can be found in some local farms

Synthetic Mulch

The second type of mulch is known as the inorganic or the synthetic mulch. Since a lot of people are into recycling other materials and turning them into reusable and useful things, even the humble mulch has joined the bandwagon. Old tires have been recycled and turned into synthetic mulch.

It has grown popular these days that most gardens are sporting synthetic mulches made from recycled beat up tires. You can give this a try if you are the kind who would like to avoid the smell of decomposing fruits, leaves, grass and manure.

The great thing about this type of mulch is that it is easy to maintain. Clean up is really easy in case it scatters or threaded on. All you have to do is to make sure that the mulch is carefully placed around your plants to avoid any issues.

If you are also into recycled plastics, a black plastic bag or waste bag that is thick enough to survive rain can also be used as mulch. There are also landscape fabrics that you can use. Use these mulches around trees and shrubs. This type of synthetic mulch can help you save money on water and fertilizer bills because they really keep the moisture in the soil and don’t really need to add fertilizers often.

One pitfall of using this type is that it gets affected by the weather immediately. If the weather gets too hot in the summer, the plastic gets too hot as well. The soil may dry up really fast and you may end up having dried fruit trees instead of fresh ones.

Gravel and sand can also be used as mulches because they keep the soil loose and will let more water seep though the soil.

Whether you use organic or synthetic mulch, you really have to understand and study the effects of each kind of mulch on your garden. You have to weigh your options and consider the possibilities if you end up choosing one from the other.

To make sure, you can always go to your nearest garden supply store and ask for tips on the type of mulch that would suit your garden and your budget as well.

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