The right mulch works wonders for your garden or landscape, reducing the need for regular maintenance and improving the health of plants. Far from being a visual improvement, mulch can breathe life into plants and soil and prevent their untimely death at the hands of weather and weeds. Mulches vary in quality and benefits, so some prior research will help get the most out of mulching.
While mulch adds some color and texture to the garden as it covers bare soil, it also protects the soil. The cover reduces water evaporation from the soil and can absorb extra water from rain or sprinklers. In addition, it shelters plant roots from temperature extremes and hampers the growth of weeds. Altogether, this means less time spent watering and weeding, and less worry about losing your garden to sudden disaster. [Read more…]