How To Prevent Mulch From Blowing Away?

Mulch is among the best methods to prevent your garden soil from dehydration and infertility. Mulch preserves the water inside the soil and keeps it fertile. But what if you live in a windy area? How to prevent mulch from blowing away?

It is simple. Using mulch that is light in weight is not a good idea. If you utilize straw or hay for mulching in a windy area, it will obviously blow away due to high winds, leaving the ground exposed. That is why it is recommended to use heavy mulch such as rocks is a good idea, and you know why. But wait, will the rocks decay in the soil? No! That is a drawback of using rocks for mulching purposes.

So, what to do? There are some organic solutions to this problem that will do the job as required and will also benefit the soil after decaying. Let’s find out.

Why does Some Mulch Blow Away?

Mulch is used for conserving the moisture of the soil. But still, it can blow away by high and mighty winds because of its weight. The lighter mulch is more likely to blow away than the heavier ones. Mulch is of many kinds, as you would know. The mulch can be natural or man-made; it depends.

You can use synthetic mulches like rocks or other relatively heavier mulches to keep them from blowing away by winds. They will do the job just fine, as they will let the water and oxygen through them, and reach the core of soil, and benefit the plant. But there is something to consider here, the man-made or artificial mulch will NOT decay over time to get mixed with the soil and add essential minerals.

That would create another problem, right? So, what can you do? The ideal course of action, in this situation, would be to use the Wood Chips as mulch, but they should be large enough. Or you can also use Pine Barks for mulching. The reason is the same. That they are heavy enough to not be lifted by the wind.

How to Keep Mulch from Blowing Away?

There are steps you can take to prevent it from blowing or at least reduce the risks of it. There are methods like mulch netting, using wind barriers, edging, or wetting it while applying. We will go through them one by one. Let’s begin.

1. Mulch Netting:

Mulch netting is the process of laying a protection blanket-type substance over any kind of mulch to keep it blowing or overwatering. This protective blanket is made of fiber, coconut fiber, and other inorganic materials. It is a promising method to protect your mulch, especially if you use lighter mulch like hay or straw.

2. Wetting when Applied:

When you apply or add water to something, it is evident that it becomes heavy and dense. Hence, it is a good way to make your mulch relatively heavier and reduce the blowing risk. However, it does have some complications, as you must keep a balance of watering it because a lot of water will make it thicker enough to stop the oxygen and water from passing through. And the lack of watering will make it thinner enough for weeds to penetrate it. So, keep a check.

3. Wind Barrier:

Wind barriers are synthetic breaks usually made of organic things like trees or bushes. The primary purpose is to slow down the strength of the wind. They are effective in protecting the soil from getting eroded, providing shelter for domestic animals, increasing the fertility of the soil. Moreover, they also add beauty to your garden and are very useful.

4. Edging:

This is also an effective way of preventing the blowing mulch. In this process, you would have to use a shovel to dig around the edges of the mulched area. You will make it neatly edgy. Then, one can use rocks, plastics, or any metal to place them on the edges. They will work as barriers between the mulch and the wind.

5. Mulch Glue:

As you can guess by the name. The glue is among the simplest ways of keeping the mulch firmly placed in the dirt. You can do it simply by applying the glue to the downside of the mulch, and thus the mulch will stay firmly fitted.

How to Mulch in Windy Areas?

Before mulching, you would have to choose the correct mulch for this purpose. As you would know, that there is natural and synthetic mulch. The main difference between these two is that the first one decays to benefit the soil, but the latter does not. We will talk about both separately.

First are the natural mulches that are Wood chips or pine barks. Living in a windy place, it is essential to protect your soil and its mulch from getting displaced by the winds. That is why you must use wood chips that are slightly heavier than ordinary ones. The reason is simple to make it difficult for the winds to displace or destroy them.

As mentioned above, to keep your heavier mulch intact, you can go for wind barriers placed between the mulch and winds. Or you can build a short wall to lower the wind pressure. And remember watering it as required.

The second is synthetic mulches such as rocks. The rocks can be an excellent choice to use as a mulch against the winds; as you know, they are heavy enough not to get displaced by the winds. They let the oxygen and moisture slide through them to the soil’s core. However, one thing to consider is that synthetic mulches do not decay to get mixed with the soil and benefit it.

Alternatives to Light Mulch:

There are lighter mulches like hay or straw, compost, or leaves that can be an excellent choice to use for mulching as they are natural and will eventually decay and benefit the soil. But they are not ideal for windy locations because they are too lightweight, and the winds can easily displace them.

That is why it is essential to use slightly heavier mulches, and you know for what reason. The alternatives to light mulch are rocks (they are synthetic and challenging to be displaced), landscape fabric (they are used under mulch for better outcomes), plastics, newspapers (yes! Newspapers also be used as mulch, and if fitted perfectly, they can’t blow away), You can also use wood chips, but larger ones.

Conclusion:

The whole point of using mulch is to keep the soil fertile, moist, and in good shape. But things aren’t the same for all areas, as some are too windy to keep the mulch intact and in place to keep it functioning correctly. There are several ways for how you can make it up to the situation and do what needs to be done.

Ways such as watering the mulch as much as it becomes heavy enough to not be lifted by the wind and not that much that it becomes overly dense to complicate its primary job. Or the ideal course of action would be to use wood chips as mulch to ensure the flow of oxygen and moisture and protect from blowing away. Thank you.

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