Wednesday, April 23, 2008


Cover the soil's surface around plants with a mulch, such as leaves, coarse compost, pine needles, wood chips, bark or gravel. Mulch helps retain soil moisture and temperature, prevent erosion and block out competing weeds. Organic mulch will slowly incorporate with the soil, and will need more applied, "top-dressed", from time to time. To be effective, mulch needs to be several inches thick. There should be no areas of bare soil.
Plow & Hearth


At April 23, 2008, Blogger Amy said...

I used mulch for the first time last year and I'm definitely a convert now. My plants thrived. There was far less stress during the dry times, the water soaked into the soil so much better (less run off) and best of all I had almost no weeding to do!

At April 24, 2008, Blogger North Country Maturing Gardener said...

Hey Amy, I'm so glad you tried the mulch. It is good for keeping down weeds, for keeping moisture in, for keeping the roots cool and for breaking down gradually and providing great nutrients for in the soil. It's a MIRACLE! See the next article on Xeriscape Irrigation. It sings the praises of mulch as well.
If we keep the soil happy, the plants, as you noted, will thrive. Mulch does all of that!


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