Like the majority of the Mid-West, here in KCMO it’s pretty hot. It’s getting to the point where I get all my errands done before noon because it’s just too hot to do anything else after that. And with all this oppressive heat, my garden is suffering immensely. I usually water the garden 2 times a day, morning and night, but it seems like my plants have become stagnate. I wasn’t sure what to do about this problem so I did some research and found that straw mulch was the best option. I found an article written by Gwen Mellinger, who happens to teach at a university right down the road from where I live, giving the benefits of straw mulch. Here is her list of benefits of using straw mulch:
- The straw mulch creates a barrier against weeds. Essentially it smothers the weeds so they can’t grow very big or at all.
- It slows the evaporation of moisture. Having mulch down means I can water less and therefore conserve water.
- Straw is relatively cheap. I bought my bale for $6. I’ve seen prices from $4-$8.
- You get a lot for your money. I bought a regular sized bale and I only used about 1/4 of it.
- Straw is easy to put down. It took me about 10 minutes to get it all laid down and spread evenly.
- When it eventually breaks down, it improves your soil.