20 reasons why you should use mulch in your garden

20 Reasons Why You Should Use Mulch In Your Garden

20 Reasons Why You Should Use Mulch In Your Garden

Are you interested in saving time and money while giving your garden the best chance to succeed? Are you losing too many plants in the heat of summer or the frost of fall? Here’s our “simple” solution that should help you out. Use Mulch!! It’s nature’s best way to protect plants, add nutrients and save on water.

Here’s are 20 reasons why you should use mulch, bark mulch or coloured mulch in your garden.


1. Adds organic matter to your soil, which helps make your garden healthier and more resistant to pest and plant disease.

2. Provides valuable slow-release nutrients and prevents vitamin loss in plants which saves you money on fertilizer and ammenders.

3. Helps retain moisture in the soil. Mulch acts as a natural roof and insulation layer to protect the soil from the sun. This helps prevent excessive evaporation of water and helps regulate the soils temperature.  This helps utilize the minimal amount of rain water we get in the summer and helps save with the amount of water we use.


4. Shades delicate seedlings from too much sun since it acts a natural roof and shade.

5. Reduces time spent watering. More time to tend to other tasks and (this is getting redunant) helps save water!


“Mulch can retain up to 70% more water in the soil than unmulched soil.”


6. Is a great insulator by regulating soil temperature – keeps roots consistently cool in summer and warm in winter which reduces the amount of plant stress and typically provides for a richer, stronger plant.

7. Provides a natural barrier to help prevent weeds. The interlocking layer of mulch prevents the air born weeds from getting rooted in your gardens soil. If weeds do get a start, mulch makes pulling weeds easy.

8. Increases biological activity in your soil by providing beneficial micro-organisms and earthworms with food. Both of which are great for your plants!

9. Improves soil conditions – helps to bind sandy soils and open up clay soils.

10. Saves you time and energy in prepping and cultivating your soil.

11. Stops nutrients from leaching out of the soil.

12. Protects plants from frost damage by acting as a protective covering. We’ve mentioned this before but we felt the insulating factor of mulch is too important to not mention again.


13. Provides a clean surface for produce like fruit and nuts to fall, ready for harvesting.

14. Improves soil drainage and structure as it decomposes.

15. Provides support around plants especially young seedlings. You can “pile up” a little mulch around weaker steams giving the young plant the extra help it needs to thrive.

16. Recycles waste materials. This is one of the main principles that we operate from. We LOVE to recycle forest residuals into useful products.

17. Protects plants from heavy rain. The protective interlocking nature of mulch protects and helps bind together the plant structure.

wheel barrow full of mulch

18. Prevents erosion and soil compaction particularly from foot traffic on pathways and play areas.

19. Improves the visual appearance of your garden. Especially if you use a beautiful coloured mulch.

20. Can provide a home for plant-friendly insects.

We love to hear from you so please either share this with your friends or you can email us any questions you might have. We hope you enjoyed our 20 Reasons for Mulch.

Thanks to the Micro Gardener for the some of the ideas we used for this article.


5 replies
  1. Scott
    Scott says:

    I had no idea that mulching your garden could help prevent weeds. I can see why this would a great reason to consider putting it in. My mom likes to plant a garden each year. I’ll have to ask her if she puts mulch in it. Perhaps she might try it if she’s not already.

  2. Tyson Coolidge
    Tyson Coolidge says:

    It’s awesome that mulch can insulate your soil to keep your plants’ roots cool. My sister has been telling me about how she wants to get into gardening in the coming year. I’ll share this information with her so that she can be more successful with this.

  3. Austin Saunders
    Austin Saunders says:

    I like what you said about using mulch to bind sandy soils. My sister has been telling me about how she wants to move to the desert soon. I’ll share this information with her so that she can look into her options for using mulch to make the soil easier to use.

  4. Mrs. Luhman
    Mrs. Luhman says:

    Is mulch for placing on the ‘surface’ of your garden beds, around shrubs and flowers, or is it to be used for mixing with earth, for example placed underground around the roots of plants? Or do I use something else for the latter? Thank you.


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