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Use Mulch to Reduce Weeds, Save Water and Feed Your Plants


| 10/21/2016 12:00:00 AM



Organic mulches have a number of advantages:

• Because mulches prevent light from reaching the top layer of soil, they suppress weeds.
• Mulches protect soil from the severe weather, such as the compacting effects of heavy rain.
• Mulches help to prevent evaporation, so soil remains moist for longer.
• Organic mulches help to improve the soil as they rot down.
• Mulches provide a great habitat for beneficial garden predators, such as spiders and ground beetles.

Use trimmings from the garden as mulch. Thin layers of grass clippings can be used on your vegetable beds. Shredded woody prunings or shredded bark can be spread around fruit trees and bushes, or used as pathways between beds. Straw or hay can be laid thickly around fruits, such as strawberries and zucchinis, to keep them off the soil and prevent rotting.

Remove any perennial weeds before mulching. If the weather is dry, water the soil first or wait until it has rained before mulching.





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