Why mulch? Garden soil has a lot of weed seeds and burying them under a layer of mulch helps to prevent germination, thus reducing the number of weeds. When we don't disturb the soil, by hoeing for example, the millions of weed seeds in lower soil layers remain where they are, buried deeply enough not to germinate. Mulching usually doesn't kill existing perennial weeds such as dandelions or thistles so remove these first.
Mulch helps to keep the soil moist and reduces exposure to wind and sunlight. This helps to keep your plants from drying out between watering or rainstorms.
Gardeners have discovered the many benefits of mulching including that it cuts down on hours and hours of hand weeding!
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