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Everything You Need to Know About Mulch

A person holds dark soil above a wheelbarrow.

Mulch is a layer of material applied to the surface of the soil. Reasons for applying mulch include conservation of soil moisture, improving fertility and health of the soil, reducing weed growth, and enhancing the visual appeal of the area.

Mulch is very important for the health of your landscaping. It helps retain soil moisture, controls weed growth, prevents soil erosion, and keeps your ground generally healthy. Mulch is pretty incredible stuff, and any garden or yard which isn’t making use of it is definitely missing out.

Reasons To Use Mulch

  • Retain moisture in the soil
  • Keep the soil and plant roots cool
  • Stop weeds growing growing
  • Improve fertility
  • Make your garden more visually appealing

Mulch is one of the most useful tools in a gardener’s belt when it comes to promoting a healthy environment for plant growth.

It has a wide variety of uses and benefits and can be a real help when it comes to the look of your backyard or garden. Perhaps the most important benefit of using mulch is the fact that it can help keep your soil healthy. Since organic mulch is meant to break down over time, its chemical makeup can enhance the soil and feed it. Many organic mulches contain vital nutrients like nitrogen, potash, and phosphate.

By covering the soil with a layer of mulch, you can stop weeds before they even start to penetrate the surface. Mulch keeps light from reaching the soil and helps prevent the growth of weeds before it begins. By laying some down in areas you want to keep clear, you can create a zone where nothing will grow if you don’t want it to.

Which mulch you choose depends on the function and aesthetic you are looking for. There are more and more choices each year, so review your options before you start spreading and choose a mulch that will please you and aid your garden for many years.