Mulching


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Mulching

Mulching improves organic content in soil
Mulching improves organic content in soil
Mulching means covering the ground with a layer of loose material such as compost, manure, straw, dry grass, leaves or crop residues. Green vegetation is not normally used as it can take a long time to decompose and can attract pests and fungal diseases. Mulches have several effects on the soil which help to improve plant growth:
• Decreasing water loss due to evaporation
• Reducing weed growth by reducing the amount of light reaching the soil
• Preventing soil erosion
• Increasing the number of micro-organisms in the top soil
• Adding nutrients to the soil and improving soil structure
• Adding organic matter to the soil

Alternative mulching materials include black plastic sheeting or cardboard.
However these materials do not add nutrients to the soil or improve its structure
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