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Much Ado About Mulching

Mulching is one of the easiest and most beneficial practices you can use in the garden. We define mulch as a protective layer of material that is spread on top of the soil. It can either be organic -- such as grass clippings, pine straw, bark chips, and similar materials -- or inorganic -- such as stones, brick chips, and plastic. Organic mulches improve the condition of the soil. As these mulches slowly decompose, they provide organic matter which helps keep the soil loose. This improves root growth, increases the infiltration of water, and also improves the water-holding ability of the soil. Organic matter is also a source of plant nutrients and provides an ideal environment for beneficial soil organisms. Our horticulturists have identified some of the most important benefits for mulch.

Benefits of Mulching:

  • Control Weeds
  • Prevent Soil Erosion
  • Provid Insulation in Winter
  • Conserve Moisture
  • Add Texture, Color, & Contrast to the Landscape
  • Provide a Polished Look to your Garden
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