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The Advantages of Garden Mulch

by Kelly Richardson, All About Lawns Columnist

True gardeners are always looking for an edge to make their plants and vegetables grow as full and lush as possible. Garden mulch is a great way to provide your garden with the maximum amount of nutrients to ensure a great crop. Here are the incredible benefits of garden mulch.

Garden mulch is great way to reduce your landscape maintenance and improve the health of your plants. Mulch can be applied at any time of the year, but is best applied just after spring when the soil dries out. You can use both organic and inorganic mulch materials in your garden. Each has its own set of advantages and disadvantages. Here are some of the ways that mulch will help your garden thrive in a variety of challenging environmental conditions.

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The Power of Garden Mulch

  • Conserve Moisture. Garden mulch helps your soil conserve as much as 10 to 25 percent more of its moisture. This benefit is invaluable during times of extreme dryness. Mulch also keeps your soil from becoming compacted due to rain and watering.
  • Runoff and Erosion. Mulch is the perfect agent for reducing water run off and erosion. This keeps your plants from becoming infected with soil-borne diseases such as fungi. Saving your soil from erosion is reason enough to use mulch in your garden every year.
  • Temperature and Worms. Another valuable benefit to garden mulch is that it keeps your soil at a uniform temperature and promotes the growth of microorganisms and earthworms. Mulch acts as a blanket for your soil and keeps it in tip top condition for maximum growth.
  • Organic versus Inorganic. Organic mulches that you can use include pine bark nuggets, pine straw, and compost. Inorganic mulches include geotextiles, landscape fabrics, rocks and gravel, and black plastic. These ingredients can be obtained at a local greenhouse or home improvement center in your area.

About the Author
Kelly Richardson has obsessive compulsive lawn disorder and is afflicted with the need to share his knowledge with the world. Kelly writes lawn columns for a variety of home and garden magazines and e-zines.

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