Mulching is a very important part of the organic garden. It is an excellent way of
recycling. It is always best to compost your mulch before using.
Never mulch around plants with freshly cut mulch from trees or
grass clippings. This will burn the plants.
What is the difference between mulch and
Compost is the food and mulch protects the food from the elements like rain and the sun
which will dry it out. Mulch will hold water and not allow the soil/compost to dry out. A
good mulch is made from aged wood. This is wood which has been recycled from cut trees and
composted organically. Often many companies add urea to their compost believing that the
compost needs this "chemical" nitrogen. So ask before you buy! Urea based
products are very detrimental to the soils organisms and should not be used. Instead horse
manure can be added. Rock dust will also work well here as rock dust will bind the
How to use Mulch
What type of mulch should I use? The type of mulch that you will use will depend on the plants you are using and the
effects you want.
If you are using mulch as a decorative mulch then you go with what looks best for the
conditions you have. An example would be whether to use big chips or little chips and
whether the chips are the proper color or not. Decorative mulch does not break down and therefore does not add organic matter to the soil.
I use mulch as a way to:
1. control above ground water
2. control the ph of the soil (by using azalea mix as a mukch,it will not only control water and diseaxes but also break down into the soil and help keep the ph levels at right place.