When it comes to planting a garden the one item most people cannot live without is mulch. However, when it comes to planting the best vegetable garden mulch you will find there are hundreds to choose from and many of them are very expensive. What you need to know when it comes to the best vegetable garden mulch is that mulching does not have to be expensive nor do you have to buy from an outside dealer.
In fact the best vegetable garden mulch is the organic kind you make yourself from the remains of your lawn and garden. The best vegetable garden mulch are the ones your home creates for yourself, like bark chips, grass clippings and kitchen scraps. These items can be found at almost any home improvement store or garden center. However some larger local stores will carry only organic materials, which will also include bags of organic wood chips, if they do not have them in stock already. These larger stores will also have other yard cleaning supplies, fertilizer and garden supplies available.
The most common garden supply sources of organic materials are hardware stores, discount warehouses, co-ops and nursery centers. Another source of organic material is public land parks, camp grounds, sporting goods stores and farms. You will also find home garden centers that carry a wide variety of materials for the purpose of making garden waste and other yard clean up products. This can often be the best sources of materials because they normally have the fresh raw materials on hand and will often times sell them at a cheaper rate than the larger retail outlets.
The most important thing to remember when trying to select the best mulch for your garden is that it is made from organic material. Mulch is simply left over from your plants fertilizer and garden debris and is created through a process called composting. A layer of the compost material is laid on top of the soil and then the top layer of organic matter is added. This organic matter can come from shredded leaves, lawn trimmings and various vegetable parts.
In order for compost to decompose properly you need both light and warmth. Both of these are supplied by the sun, and the wind. You should make sure that you plant vegetables and fruits that will receive ample sunlight throughout the growing season and that you plant them away from trees that will cast harsh sunlight on their tops. An example would be to plant tomatoes close to a tree.
There are many organic mulches available on the market today. There is a wide variety that can be purchased at your local home gardening center or nursery. Many organic mulches have weed control properties that can keep unwanted weeds from taking over your garden space. Other mulch selections are made to break down organic matter, allowing it to break down more slowly so that it decomposes over time instead of being quickly consumed by weeds and other plants. This type of mulch is very effective in keeping your garden free of weeds and other unwanted growths.
Popular mulch for gardens with lots of weeds is a product known as Black Plastic Mulch. It is made from woven black plastic material and is ideal for preventing the roots of unwanted plants from spreading into the soil. The roots are denied access to oxygen and nutrients, thus preventing them from growing properly. If you apply this mulch to your garden, it will prevent weeds from growing in the first place.
One other organic mulch that you might want to consider is pine needles. Pine needles are a great choice for gardens that are not in direct sunlight. You can find pine needles at a variety of stores including nurseries and online retailers. You can either cut them yourself or purchase them pre-cut at a garden center. As pine needles decay they leave behind their needles and decayed pine needles are an excellent fertilizer for your garden soil. They are also good for your pets since pine needles contain natural bacteria that are toxic to animals.