Composting & Prevention
Mulching or “sheet” composting mimics nature’s way of recycling nutrients within our ecosystem. Like a forest floor where leaves, twigs and branches fall to the ground and break down over time, mulch provides a layer of protection for the soil. In addition, the decaying material feeds the ecosystem of microorganisms, worms and insects allowing this diverse community of organisms to thrive. As the materials break down further, nutrients are released and become available to plants within the soil. Mulch is often used in garden paths but more often around perennial shrubs and trees to suppress weed growth, hold in soil moisture, prevent erosion and slowly release nutrients to the soil. When mulching, be sure to keep the mulch away from plant stems and tree trunks.
Suitable Materials: Shredded brushy materials such as tree trimmings or shrub prunings, leaves, straw and unscreened compost.
- Mulching is ideal for people with lots of shrubs and trees.
- Use of mulch cuts down on weeding and watering work.
- Provides a welcome habitat for birds and other wildlife. Mulch is any substance placed on top of the soil to protect it and keep weeds down – it’ll make your life easier around the garden
For more information check out our Mulching leaflet.