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What Is Inorganic Mulch?


									                              What Is Inorganic Mulch?

When it comes to mulch, there are two types of mulch; organic and inorganic mulch.
Mulch can be defined as any material applied to the soil surface for protection or
improvement of the area covered. Many people choose to mulch their vegetable
gardens, flower gardens, landscape beds, and play areas. Mulch serves an aesthetic
and scientific purpose, as well as many other purposes, depending on the mulch one
chooses to use. There are two types of mulch to choose from in the general scheme
of things and many variations of each. Organic mulch is any mulch made of natural
occurring matter from the Earth. Organic mulch decomposes over time. Types of
organic mulch include grass clippings, leaves, pine needles, bark, wood chips, and
many more. Inorganic mulch is mulch that is made from inert materials, some are
synthetic and some are natural. Both types of mulch serve great purposes, inorganic
mulch will discussed in detail.

There are many types of inorganic mulch on the market. Inorganic mulch types
include gravel, pebbles, plastic, and landscape fabrics. These types of mulches do
not attract pests and do not decompose, which can be beneficial in certain
situations. Some benefits of using inorganic mulch include conserving moisture,
retaining moisture in root areas, controlling weed growth, maintaining soil
temperature, preventing soil from crusting, stopping soil erosion, stopping soil from
splashing onto plants, preventing soil compaction, minimizing cultivation, saving
consumer money, and being aesthetically pleasing. Inorganic mulch provides most
of the benefits as organic mulch.

In addition to the benefits of using inorganic mulch, there are also drawbacks to
using inorganic mulch. Inorganic mulch does not provide nutrients to the soil,
which people may count on in some instances. Plastic sheet mulch acts as insulator,
which is great because it smothers weeds. On the downside, this mulch can also
smother much needed organisms found in the soil. Some gardeners consider
inorganic mulches to be a not so great choice. Professional gardeners choose to lay
a fabric mulch or plastic sheet mulch down first, and then cover that with organic
mulch. If the inorganic mulch is not porous the roots of plants can suffocate.
Disadvantages of using stones or pebbles include settling into the soil, they are quite
heavy and pretty difficult to keep clean. Depending on the main purpose of mulch in
a given situation, inorganic mulch pros may outweigh inorganic mulch cons.

There are many advantages of choosing inorganic mulch over organic mulch. Each
type of organic mulch has different advantages and is used for different reasons.
Landscaping fabric mulch is sheeting that is placed over-top of soil and holds
moisture into the soil beneath the mulch. This mulch is very useful, especially when
porous and does a great job suppressing weed growth beneath the mulch. Recycled
rubber tire mulch is also a great choice because is in permanent as the mulch does
not decompose or even blow or wash away. Rubber mulch comes in many different
colors and this mulch does not sink into soil or attract insects. Stone mulch, pebble
mulch, and gravel mulch are generally used for the color and appearance of the
mulch. This type of mulch provides permanent cover and these rocks are fire-
resistant. Also, these types of mulch do not decompose. There are plenty of reasons
to choose inorganic mulch.

There are still a lot more types of inorganic mulch, the types are not as common and
for the most part, serve the same purpose and are as effective as the mulches
mentioned in this article. There is crushed lava rock mulch, decorative and colored
stone mulch, crushed brick mulch, and crushed glass mulch. Most any inert object, if
used and broken down the right way can be used for a mulch to serve any purpose.
Mulch just needs to be successful in suppressing weed growth and protecting and
maintaining soil conditions.

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