Adding buckwheat hull mulch to your soil is a great option if you are interested in controlling weed growth, reducing erosion or protecting your perennials from winter kill. Buckwheat is a crop plant that is used for medicinal purposes, for the production of gluten-free beer and for the production of consumer products like pillows and mulch. Buckwheat hull mulch can be mixed into soil or it can be laid on top of the soil.
Mixing in Buckwheat Hull
Buckwheat hull mulch can be mixed into compost or planting soil mixes before adding these mixtures to a garden or planter. When buckwheat hull mulch is used as a soil additive it functions as a weed deterrent, a moisture preservative and an anti-erosion agent. In this function buckwheat hull mulch can be used with temperature and moisture sensitive plants such as roses, vegetables and perennials.
Using Buckwheat Hull to Protect Plants in the Winter
If you live in an area that has a harsh winter, buckwheat hull mulch can be used to protect your sensitive plants, roots and bulbs from the cold and ice. First of all, you can spread buckwheat hull mulch around the bases of your roses and perennials to protect them from ground frost and to moderate the ground temperature around your plants. You can also use this type of mulch to protect your winter bulbs and bare roots while they are in storage. For this activity you will need to first dig your roots and bulbs and place them on brown paper or in brown paper bags. Then you will cover the roots and bulbs with the mulch.