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
Benefit of mulch is that it helps in soil water conservation to help the plants grow normally. Soil moisture is trapped and returned back into the soil in water form by mulch through soil temperature regulation. 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. The top fertile soil is usually loose and vulnerable to all types of soil erosion. In case topsoil which is rich in mineral and fertility is carried away, the land becomes unproductive to a farmer. It is not possible for any farming in a barren farm because it lacks the necessary ingredients to sustain plants. Strong winds are also effective soil erosion agent. 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. Manure is the end product of a decomposed mulch which is the main fertility booster of a farm. When mulch decomposes and turns into manure, your farm’s fertility is improved for free unlike purchasing expensive inorganic fertilizers. When mulch decomposes into manure, the soil acidity is improved which translates to the proper growth of crops in a farm.
Weeds are unable to grow in a farm whose surface has been applied with mulch. The germination of weed seeds is prevented by mulch. Some of the components necessary for germination include air, water, warmth, and minerals. The supply of air is reduced by a great percentage leading to failure of weed seed to germinate and instead decompose and become manure which boosts the soil fertility.
The fifth benefit of using mulch in your farm is that mulch is very cheap and affordable. There is no course for learning how to prepare mulch. Industrial mulch is cheap and the delivery is made to your farm.
The sixth benefit of using mulch is that they can be used for decoration purposes and authentic purposes. River stones that are used to mulch city trees are very monumental and appealing to the eyes. Properties of river stones like color make them ideal decorative mulch.
Organic mulch are environmentally friendly. Manure from mulch enhance soil aeration and water conservancy.