Mulching is a fundamental part of gardening. It locks in moisture, suppresses weeds, and feeds the soil.
Organic mulches are natural, breaking down over time. Inorganic mulches are more permanent but have their own benefits.
Mulching reduces weed growth, maintains soil moisture, moderates soil temperatures, and protects plants.
Overmulching can suffocate plants and contribute to rotting bark. It can also harbor pests and overheat plants if not done properly.
Different gardens require different mulches. Factors to consider include cost, availability, ease of application, and aesthetics.
Mulch is usually applied in spring or autumn. The right depth and method of application depend on the type of mulch used.
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