Mulch is a material which covers the soil for a number of reasons and those sort of include to protect the soil, to build the soil structure and texture., And also to retain moisture. It ain't in building the sole life as well as blocking Weeds, which is why I'm using it.

In this episode. I'm, going to take you through everything that you need to know about mulch for the garden so that you can get astonishing vegetable crops.. I'm Tony O'Neill, and this is Simplified Gardening, where I show you how to garden in a simpler way.

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. If you look at nature, you'll, never see any bare soil, because nature knows that it has to protect that soil for the microbial life, that's in it., And when there is bare soil Mother Nature will grow weeds across the Top of the surface, this is the plant life that protects that soil from erosion.

, But not only that it gives the bacteria and fungal and web soil life something to consume.. As gardeners, we can't, keep digging our soil and damaging that soil life and the web life that belongs underneath that soil without it having long-lasting effects.

Now. Does that mean that we need to let mother nature fill our gardens with weeds? Of course not. We can give mother nature a helping hand and we can mulch the garden which will allow us to grow really good vegetables without the worry about mother nature, worrying about covering that ground for us.

Now Malchus can be based into two broad categories and They are organic, mulches and inorganic mulches.. Now organic mulches come from any sort of matter that used to be living so whether that was plant-based or such, as leaves grass hay straw.

All of these things can make a good mulch, especially if it's. Broken down, compost is fantastic for it. Now inorganic mulches, however, a made from inert objects such as carpets, man-made fabrics, landscape fabrics and black plastic or clear plastics.

These sorts of things. Rock and shale all inert objects that can be used as an inorganic muich.. So let's, look at organic mulches and the first of those is grass clippings.. Now grass clippings are fantastic, because not only do they rot down really quickly, they can also aid in feeding you're plants because they emit nitrogen.

. Now, to use grass as mulch, you really want to be building up the layers and producing a couple of inches thick.. However, you don't want to use green grass as a mulch, because this builds too much heat as it decomposes and also smells bad.

. What you need to do in this instance is spread the grass out on a hard surface and allow it to dry and then once that's dry, you can use that as a mulch and it's very good. It won't mat like the green grass, that's, freshly cut.

And avoid grass clippings that have come from lawns that have been treated with chemicals or herbicides, because these can really affect your garden because they will leach into the soil.. So keep the grass clippings from areas that you know haven't been treated with these products.

Now composts. They tend to come from kitchen waste and garden waste as well as animal manures., And they're fantastic at feeding your plants. They're readily available and they can put enough nutrients back into your ground so that your plants can greatly benefit from these.

. The great thing about compost is the fact that it has loads of nutrients back in it, NPK especially. Nitrogen, Potassium Phosphorus, and it also has trace minerals and elements in it.. Now also, it's very good, because over a period of time, applications of compost can turn back even barren.

Soils into a thriving community of soil, bourne organisms. Woodchips are a by-product from tree, arborists and tree surgeons, and they chip up the old branches that they remove from trees, and they make that available for gardeners.

. Now it's, a byproduct to them. They have to pay to get rid of it, so they're all too happy to drop this down, to gardeners to use. And woodchip is now becoming one of the very most popular garden, mulches of all time.

. Now, depending on what trees have been felled and chipped well, those can change the pH of soils over time. And it's, a great way for the gardener to control his environment.. Now a lot of people worry about woodchips and using it as a mulch.

, And the reason for this is when woodchips break down. They consume Nitrogen and they're worried that this Nitrogen is gonna be robbed from their soils.. But there is no need to worry about this, because woodchips only use the Nitrogen out of a very small, a couple of millimetres of the soil.

Surface., Your roots are down much much further than that and all the time they break down and provide all the nutrients and minerals back to the soil. Anyway. Now straw comes from the likes of legumes and also grains after the harvest period.

And it's considered a light mulch and the reason for that is, straw breaks down very quickly., But it's, fantastic at putting Nitrogen levels back Into the soil, especially from the legumes like peas and things like that.

, But straw is a really good, insulator and another reason for it being a light. Mulch is because it reflects that light back onto the leaves of the plants that grows and why I use it. Quite a lot. And the Nitrogen can help the plants to grow healthily and produce much greater yields and straw as a mulch is typically used in vegetable gardens because of the high nutritional value it can put back into the soil.

. And there are other types of straws that can be used in the garden, but they won't. Have such a high Nitrogen content, such as wheat and barley. And straw, makes a fantastic mulch, as we've already said, because it's, light in color this bounces the light back up onto the leaves so that the plants can photosynthesize Much much better and it's, particularly good for use early in the season where light levels are low.

. Hay can be classified as grasses and some legumes and it's typically dried out in the sun before it's. Packaged and ready for the gardener to use. Now, because hay breaks down a lot slower. It's, a fantastic mulch to use in the garden because gives your plants a chance to grow.

. However, you really need to be careful that the hay that you use in your garden is weed and seed. Free. Now hay that contains weeds can be a right nightmare for a gardener because it can infest your ground.

And it's. One of the reasons why typically people do stay away from it., But it can be a fantastic mulch in the garden, because what hay does is it helps to retain that moisture.? It creates a blanket and holds that moisture in the soil, and this can prevent soil erosion or even the soil, from cracking in the sun.

, Leafmold or leaf mulch is made from leaves composted down to make a fine mulch. It's, brilliant at blocking Light levels to prevent weeds.. Now, if you look at a forest floor, you & # 39. Ll see that there's, not that many seedlings growing there and that's, because the trees have dropped their leaves.

. And what happens is that light is blocked and it's. A way of protecting the trees from weeds growing and it stops them from competing for all the nutrients and the moisture that's in the soil., So leaf.

Mulch is a fantastic way to go and I make absolute tons of it every year. And if you want to know how I make this, I'll. Put a link in the description below. Now when using leaves only shredded leaves should be used because otherwise they can form a mat on the surface, and this can act like putting plastic sheet down and cause water to run off and therefore preventing it.

Penetrating the soil. Below. So shredding those leaves will prevent that from creating that matted layer.. Another fantastic mulch would be to use pine needles. Now I've used old Christmas trees for years and years and years for acidic, loving plants.

, Because this can acidify the soil over a period of time., And I've used these Christmas trees on my blueberries for years, and I've had some fantastic crops because of it, and it looks quite decorative too.

. They're attractive in the garden and they stay in one place and because of this, it makes them ideal for use on gardens that are sloping., And not only that, because they are have a slow decomposition rate and they can be there for a Long period, time.

And after that time they'll turn a sort of grey or metallic color. Recycled, compost, mulch. Well that's, derived from garden waste. That's, come from curbside collections and it's. Taken off to some quarry or some plant somewhere, and it is hot composted.

Now when this comes to you, it is very black in color, because it got extremely hot when it was made.. This is ideal to use as a mulch providing you have access to it.. It's, also very cheap to buy. So if you are having to purchase mulch and you don't have the materials or the resources available to you that some gardeners have like woodchips and things.

Then this could be a fantastic way of mulching the garden.. The one drawback from this is, you can't guarantee that it's organic because it comes from curbside collections and the gardens that that grass, clippings or hedge clippings may have come from may have been sprayed with chemicals.

You just can't guarantee that it is organic.. Now we've, looked at the organic mulches, let's. Look at some of the benefits that these can provide you.. The first benefit is it provides nutrients to the soil.

Benefit. Number two: is it stops the garden waste from leaving the site. And benefit number three? It helps to build soil structure. Number four: is it aids in water retention in the soil. Number five? The mulch itself will hold water and then release it to the soil as its soil dries out.

And number six. It can help to build that soil web life.. It has a high quantities of organic matter which feeds all of the organisms in the soil and they consume each other and, as a result, builds fertility in the soil.

Number seven. Is it reduces soil erosion. Number eight. It reduces weeds growing in the garden, making life much easier for you as a gardener. Number, nine, it stabilizes the soil, temperatures. And number ten.

It raises the biological life in the soil too.. So, as you can see, there really are huge amounts of benefits to using organic mulches in the garden. As opposed to organic mulch. There are inorganic mulches that can be used in the garden also.

Things like stones, gravel, rock river rock and other sorts of gravels pea. Gravels things like that., plastic, mulches and even sintered glass could all be used as a mulch.. I've, even seen. Companies now selling shredded tires as a mulch.

. I don't suggest that one mind. Now these don't, have the nutrient value to the soils like organic mulches, but they do perform a purpose and one of those purposes would be to stop the weed growth.. It can also aid in water retention as well, and they are the main purposes for inorganic mulches.

. They are fantastic for laying down as land fabric. It'll. Stop those stones from being sunk into the soil, so it keeps them up for you. And these inorganic mulches. Well, they last for long periods of time.

They don't need renewing., but they're, not as nice-looking. Black plastic everywhere. Isn't really that nice, but it does perform a purpose.. It also stops weed seeds germinating.. Now, if you use clear plastic well, that's, a different matter, because the clear plastic can allow the seeds to germinate.

And that's, not a bad thing, because you germinating the seeds. But then it's, suffocating them straight away because it stops air getting to the soil.. The long and short of it is that using mulch in the garden is not only gonna save you loads of time.

It's. Gon na save you effort also., Because weeding can be a huge demand on the gardener, and this is gonna cut that down to just small amounts just for you picking out, because just stopping those weeds germinating in the first place.

Not only that it looks really. Nice in the garden., It can really set a garden off And you're building and protecting your soil.. So why wouldn't you use mulch in the garden There's, just so many benefits for it.

, Along with woodchips and straw. One of my favorite mulch is to use compost., And this is fantastic because of it not only feeds your soil, it improves the texture of your soil too. And over multiple years of use, you can see your soil quality, changing right before your very eyes.

. If you & # 39, ve got value from this video. You can subscribe here. And if you want to learn more about how I make my compost to improve my soil quality and use as a mulch, then this is the video that you need to watch.

. I'm Tony O'Neill. This is Simplify Gardening, where I show you how to garden a simpler way.. I'll. See you in the next one. Bye-Bye. mouth is a material which covers the soil for a number of reasons and those sort of include to protect the soil, to build the soul, structure and texture, and also to retain moisture it ain't in building the sole life as well as Blocking weeds, which is why I'm using it in this episode.

I'm, going to take you through everything that you need to know about most for the garden so that you can get astonishing vegetable crops. I'm. Tony O'Neil, and this is simplified gardening, where I show you how to garden in a simpler way.

If you want our perfect garden to relax in or just want to grow your own nutrient-dense foods then start now by clicking the subscribe button and the bell icon, then click all to be notified each time I release new content.

Just like this. If you look at nature, you'll, never see any bare soil, because nature knows that it has to protect that soil for the microbial life, that's in it, and when there is bare soil Mother Nature will grow weeds across the Top of the surface, this is the plant life that protects, that soil from erosion, but not only that it gives the bacteria and fungal and web soil life something to consume.

As gardeners, we can't, keep digging our soil and damaging that soil life, and the web like that belongs under Neath that soil without it having long lasting effects now. Does that mean that we need to let mother nature fill our gardens with weeds? Of course not.

We can give mother nature a helping hand and we can mouth the garden which will allow us to grow really good vegetables without the worry about mother nature, worrying about covering that ground for us now, Malchus can be based into two broad categories and they are organic.

Mulches and inorganic mulches now organic mulches come from any sort of matter that used to be living so whether that was plant-based or such, as leaves grass hay straw. All of these things can make a good Mouse, especially if it's.

Broken down. Compost is fantastic for it now in organic mulches, however, a made from in earth objects such as carpets, man-made fabrics, landscape fabrics and black plastic, all clear plastics, these sorts of things rock and shale all inert objects that can be used as an inorganic mush.

So let's, look at organic mulches and the first of those is grass clippings. Now, grass clippings are fantastic, because not only do they rot down really quickly, they can also aid in feeding your plants because they emit nitrogen now to use grass as a mulch.

You really want to be building up the layers and producing a couple of inches thick. However, you don't want to use green grass as a most, because this builds too much heat as it decomposes and also smells bad.

What you need to do in this instance is spread the grass out on a hard surface and allow it to dry and then once that's dry, you can use that as a mulch and it's very good. It won't mat like the green grass, that's, freshly cut and avoid grass clippings that have come from lawns that have been treated with chemicals or herbicides, because these can really affect your garden because they will leach into the soil.

So keep the grass clippings from areas that you know haven't been treated with these products now compost they tend to come from kitchen waste and garden waste as well as animal manures, and they're fantastic at feeding your plants.

They're readily available and they can put in left nutrients back into your ground so that your plants can greatly benefit from these. The great thing about compost is the fact that it has loads of nutrients back in it NPK, especially nitrogen, potassium phosphorus, and it also has trace minerals and elements in it.

Now. Also, it's very good because over a period of time, applications of compost can turn back even barren Souls into a thriving community of soul, ball organisms. Woodchip are a by-product from tree, harbor, essence tree surgeons and they chip up the old branches that they remove from trees, and they make that available for gardeners.

Now it's, a byproduct to them, they have to pay to get rid of it, so they're all too happy to drop this down to gardeners to use and wood chip is now becoming one of the very most popular garden Monsters of all time now, depending what trees have been felled and chipped.

Well, those can change the pH of soils over time and it's, a great way for the gardener to control his environment. Now a lot of people worry about wood chips and using it as a mulch, and the reason for this is when wood chips break down, they consume nitrogen and they're worried that this nitrogen is gonna be robbed on their soles.

But there is no need to worry about this, because wood chips only use the nitrogen look to have a very small couple of millimeters of the sole surface. Your roots are down much much further than that and all the time they break down and provide all the nutrients and minerals back to the soil.

Anyway, now floor comes from the legs and lagoons and also grains after the harvest period and it's. Considered a light mouse and the reason for that is, straw breaks down very quickly, but it's, fantastic at putting nitrogen levels back into the soil, especially from the legumes like peas and things like that.

But straw is a really good, insulator and another reason for it being a light. Most is because it reflects that light back onto the leaves of the plants that grows and why I use it quite a lot, and the next turn could help the plants to grow healthily and produce much greater yields and straw as a mouse is typically used in Vegetable gardens because of the high nutritional value it can put back into the soil, and there are other types of straws that can be used in the garden, but they won't.

Have such a high nitrogen content, such as wheat and barley and straw, makes a fantastic mulch, as we've already said, because it's, light in color this bounces the light back up onto the leaves so that the plants can photosynthesize Much much better and it's, particularly good for use early in the season where lake levels are low here can be classified as grasses and some legumes and it's typically dried out in the Sun before it's.

Packaged and ready for the gardener to use now, because hey breaks down a lot slower, it's, a fantastic most use in the garden because gives your plants chance to grow. However, you really need to be careful that the hay that you use in your garden is weed and seed.

Free now, hay that contains weeds can be a write nightmare for a gardener because it can infest your ground and it's. One of the reasons why typically people do stay away from it, but it can be a fantastic motion, the garden, because what hay does is it helps to retain that moisture.

It creates a blanket and holds up moisture in the soil, and this can prevent soil erosion or even the Sun, from cracking in the Sun, leaf, mold or leaf mulch is made from leaves composted down to make a fine mouth.

It's, brilliant blocking lake levels to prevent weeds. Now, if you look at a forest floor, you & # 39. Ll see that there's, not that many seedlings growing there and that's because the trees have dropped their leaves.

And what happens is that light is blocked and it's. A way of protecting the trees from weeds growing and it stops them from competing for all the nutrients and the moisture that's in the soil, so leaf.

Mulch is a fantastic way to go and I make absolute tens of it every year and if you want to know how I make this, I'll. Put a link in the description below now when using leaves only shredded leaves should be used because otherwise they can form matte on the surface, and this can act like putting plastic sheet down and cause water to run off and therefore preventing it penetrating the soil below.

So shredding those leaves will prevent that from creating that matted layer. Another fantastic mouth would be to use pine needles. Now I've used old Christmas trees for years and years and years for acidic living plants, because this can acidify the soil over a period of time, and I've used these Christmas trees on my blueberries for years, and I've had some fantastic crops because of it, and it looks quite decorative too.

They're attractive in the garden and they stay in one place and because of this, it makes them ideal for use on gardens that are sloping and not only that, because they are have a slow decomposition rate and they can be there for a Long period time and after that time, they'll turn a sort of gray or metallic color recycled, compost, mulch.

Well, that's, derived from garden waste that come from curbside collections and it's taken off to some quarry or some plant somewhere, and it is hot composted. Now, when this comes to, you is very black in color, because it got extremely hot when it was made.

This isn't ideal to use as a mouth, providing you have access to it. It's, also very cheap debeso. If you are having to purchase most and you don't, have the materials or the resources available to you that some gardeners have like wood chips and things, then this could be a fantastic way of mulch in the garden.

The one drawback from this is, you can't guarantee that it's organic because it comes from curbside collections and the gardens that that grass, clippings or hedge clippings may have come from may have been sprayed with chemicals.

You just can't guarantee that it is organic. Now we've, looked at the organic mulches, let's. Look at some of the benefits that these can provide you, the first benefit. Is it provides nutrients to the soil benefit number two: is it stops the garden waste from leaving the site and benefit number three? It helps to build soil structure.

Number four: is it aids in water retention in the soil number five? The mulch itself will hold water and then release it to the soil as its soil dries out and number six. It can help to build that soil web life.

It has high quantities of organic matter which feeds all of the organisms in the soil and they consume each other and, as a result, builds the fertility in the soil. Number seven is reduces soil erosion number eight.

It reduces weeds growing in the garden, making life much easier for you as a gardener. The my name is stabilizes the soil temperatures and number ten. It raises the biological life in the soil too. So, as you can see, there really are huge amounts of benefits to using organic mulches in the garden as opposed to organic.

Most, there are inorganic mulches that can be used in the garden. Also things like stones, gravel, rock river rock and other sorts of gravels pea. Gravels things like that plastic, Moses and even sintered glass could all be used as a I've even seen, companies now selling shredded tires as a mulch.

I don't suggest that one might know these don't have the nutrient value to the soils like organic mulches, but they do perform a purpose and one of those purposes would be to stopped the weed growth it can also aid.

In water retention as well - and they are the main purposes for inorganic mulches - they are fantastic for laying down as land fabric. It'll. Stop those stones from being sent into the soil, so it keeps them up for you and these inorganic mulches.

Well, they last for long periods of time they don't need renewing, but they're, not as nice-looking black plastic, every ways and really that nice, but it does perform a purpose. It also stops weed seeds germinating.

Now, if you use clear plastic well, that's, a different matter, because the clear plastic can allow the seeds to germinate and that's, not a bad thing, because you germinated in the seeds. But then it's.

Suffocating them straight away because it stops air getting to the soil. The long and short of it is that using mulch in the gardens, not only gonna save you loads of time it's. Gon na save you effort also because weeding can be a huge demand on the gardener, and this is gonna cut that down to just small amounts.

Just for you picking up, because just stopping those weeds germinating in the first place. Not only that it looks really. Nice in the garden, it can really set a garden off and you're building and protecting your soil.

So why wouldn't you use most in the garden there's, just so many benefits for it, along with woodchips and straw. One of my favorite mulch is is to use compost, and this is fantastic because it not only feeds your soil, it improves the texture of your soil too, and over multiple years of use, you can see your sole quality changing right before your very eyes.

If you & # 39, ve got value from this video you can scribe here and if you want to learn more about how I make my compost to improve my soul, quality and use as a mouse, then this is the video that you need to watch.

I'm Tony O'Neil. This is simplified gardening, where I show you out the garden a simpler way. I'll, see you in the next one, bye-bye

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