1000 Flowers for the Planet - #300 Mulch Your Garden Beds
Mulching your garden beds is a terrific way to improve the health of your plants, reduce weeds and save precious water. There are many different types of mulch to choose from, including but not limited to: pea straw, lucerne, bean and cane straws, wood chips and bark. Which one you choose will depend on the look you prefer and your budget. There are also non-organic mulches such as river pebbles, scoria and gravel which look good in certain applications but can become very messy if they are in areas where leaf litter is a problem. Organic mulches have the added benefit of breaking down and providing further nutrients for the soil. The most important reason for using mulch, though, is water conservation. Mulching your garden should reduce water usage by 60% and help prevent the topsoil from drying out, saving our most precious resource whilst at the same time creating a lovely garden to enjoy.