Why Mulch is Important
In simple terms, mulch is a layer farmers apply on the surface of their farm to boost their farming activities. The points below highlights the importance of using mulch in your farm
Obviously, many farmers opt for mulch to conserve the soil moisture and allow normal growth of plant despite the harsh weather condition. The mulch conserve the soil moisture by controlling the temperature of the soil and trap the moisture. Organic mulch is very important to agriculture sector because, despite the climate, a farmer is able to carry on his/her farming activities. It is worth noting that the water in the form of moisture is condensed by mulch and drop back on the soil surface as water.
The top fertile soil is usually protected from all forms of soil erosion through rainwater or wind. Top soil is usually rich in mineral and is loose for easy penetration of plant roots which makes it easily eroded by erosion agents. Soil erosion causes the farm to become barren because of the lack of fertile topsoil. Soil barrenness can cause a farm to be unproductive leading to famine and hunger. Top soil can also be eroded by strong wind which blows away the loose soil. It is more difficult to dig a land that has been eroded and hard pan left behind.
The use of mulching on a farm improves the fertility. The decomposition of mulch turns the mulch into manure which increases the soil fertility. Compared to inorganic fertilizers, organic manure is very cheap and affordable. The acidity of the soil can naturally be regulated by the use of mulch which decomposes and alters the soil PH depending on the composition of the plant used as mulch.
Weed control is another benefit of using mulch in your farm. The germination of weed seeds is prevented by mulch. Germination of a seed is facilitated by air, water, warmth, and minerals. In order to effectively prevent weed germination, it is good to use a lot of mulch which can prevent any penetration of air.
The fifth benefit of using mulch in your farm is that mulch is very cheap and affordable. Mulch does not require specialized skills to prepare. Mulch that is sold by various industries are cheap.
The sixth benefit of using mulch is that they can be used for decoration purposes and authentic purposes. You can use beautiful river stones o mulch trees in your compound. River stones have varied properties that make them favorite for mulch decoration.
Organic mulch are environmentally friendly. Decomposed mulch turns into manure that helps the soil retain the soil water and allow easy penetration of plant roots.