Using Mulch in Your Garden
By: Julie Day
Nature has a simple and effective process for feeding and enriching the earth. When plants die or drop their leaves, the organic matter decomposes and returns nutrients to the soil.
During the winter, this layer of organic matter protects seeds from the cold, and in the spring it holds in moisture to encourage seed germination. If the layer is thick enough, it will discourage new growth and protect established plants.
Gardeners have taken this natural process and turned it into the concept of mulching where a thick layer of organic matter is applied to planting beds and gardens.
Advantages of Mulch
Mulching helps the garden by providing:
- Weed control
- Soil enrichment
- Moisture retention
- Visual appeal
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