Mulching is one of the simplest and most beneficial practices you can use in the garden. Mulch is simply a protective layer of a material that is spread on top of the soil.

Mulches can either be organic -- such as grass clippings, straw, bark chips, and similar materials -- or inorganic -- such as stones, brick chips, and plastic. Both organic and inorganic mulches have numerous benefits.

Mulch benefits your garden by:
Protecting it from erosion
Reducing compaction as a result of heavy rainfall
Conserving moisture and reducing the need for frequent watering
Maintaining a more even soil temperature
Keeping fruits, vegetables, and flowers clean
Providing a finished look to your garden
Organic mulches also improve the condition of the soil. As these mulches slowly decompose, they provide organic matter that helps keep the soil loose. This improves root growth, increases the infiltration of water, and also improves the water-holding capacity of the soil. Organic matter is a source of plant nutrients and provides an ideal environment for earthworms and other beneficial soil organisms.

While inorganic mulches have their place in certain landscapes, they lack the soil improving properties of organic mulches. Inorganic mulches, because of their permanence, may be difficult to remove if you decide to change your garden plans at a later date.

Please contact Golden Bear Lawn Care Ltd. to discuss which kind of mulch is best for your needs.

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