Mulching for Farming
Whether you have a potato farm, vineyard, orchard or a cattle farm, the benefits of mulching are endless. Mulching offers a tonne of perks from moisture management to weed control, making your crops thrive. Understanding your need for mulching and what kind of mowers and mulcher you require can change the way you farm. Boasting an array of tailored features to suit your unique farming requirements, mulchers offer a multitude of uses, making your farm life easier. Factoring in durability and variety in our products, Farmgard has your farm machinery sorted.
What are the Benefits of Mulching?
Not only is mulch aesthetically pleasing, but it is also a great way to retain and absorb moisture in your soil – keeping it hydrated and fertile! Not only keeping your soils in good knick, mulch also suppresses weeds, provides SPF protection, assists in germination and controls temperature. Pesky birds and bugs eating your harvest? Mulch works as camouflage and keeps birds and insects at bay.
If you have a surplus of grass, leaves, straw or trees, mulching is a great way to combat clean-up around your farm. Using your own resources is also an innovative way to reduce your carbon footprint. Being environmental-friendly and cost effective, mulching what you have available is a great way to reuse and cut-down on external resources.
If you have a pasture, such as a cattle farm, mulching your own resources is an ideal way to combat pasture management. Mulching pasture or trimming stubble during the off-season is key as you do not disrupt your business by generating your own mulch. Organic materials such as grass break-down easily so mulching is practical and convenient, resulting in a neat and clean finish.
What Types of Mulch Are There?
With a multitude of mulch types available, your farm’s requirements can be met easily. What’s the best type of mulch for your farm? The most common mulch types include:
With lightweight properties and long term weed control, this choice of mulch is ideal for an array of farm types. Keeping surfaces cool and protecting evaporation and water losses, straw is a helpful mulch source.
- Sugar cane
Encouraging earthworms, helping control weeds and providing good water penetration, sugar cane decomposes completely, making it great for vegetable gardens.
- Wood chips
Boasting moisture retention and temperature regulation, wood chip mulch creates a defensive layer, which stops soil erosion and conserves water.
Lightweight and porous, allowing air, nutrients and water to pass through, coir helps plant roots breathe. Made from coconuts, this mulch type assists in weed control and keeps soil from drying out.
Reducing landfill, leaves retain moisture, suppress weeds, help soil erosion and improve soil conditions, increasing the yield and flavour of your crop. This type of mulch is also an ideal way to rework your own assets, reducing costs on your farm.
- Grass clippings
A versatile way to reuse resources around the block, grass clippings provide nutrients such as potassium and nitrogen, making great fertilizer. Using dry clippings is key, as wet clippings can reduce oxygen and moisture from your soil. Grass is biodegradable, breaks down quickly, keeps soil temperature cool and blocks weeds, making it a great way to manage your pasture.
What Type of Mulcher Do You Need?
A mulcher should be an investment. Choosing a durable and reliable mulcher is key in ensuring this investment is a long-lasting one. Farmgard’s range is extensive, ensuring we have the tool and farm machinery sales for you and your unique farming needs. Mulcher choices include:
- General purpose
These mulchers will cut through anything!
- Grass & Small Pruning
These mulchers are durable and efficient.
Ideal tool for heavy mulching work.
- Multi-Purpose/Low Body
Perfect for orchards or vineyards, making any demanding job easily completed.
- Heavy Duty Side Shift Mulcher
Made for creating fine mulch to break down nutrients quicker.
The options are endless with mulching but there is no denying that mulching will be constructive to your farm in more ways than one. With a multitude of benefits to the way you farm, Farmgard’s mulchers are the perfect addition to your farm. Contact us today for more information on how your farm can thrive with a new mulcher and mower.