10 Good Reasons to Garden with Mulch

Mulch just may be the missing piece to your garden or landscape. Here are 10 reasons why.
You should garden with mulch for a variety of reasons.
There are plenty of sound and affordable ways to obtain mulch. Many of the store-bought varieties will run about $1.50 for a 2 cubic-feet bag. Options include different color enhancements, pine bark, shredded pine, hardwood and some with pre-emergence herbicides. The other option is to make your very own organic weed stopper by wood chipping yard debris such as grass clippings, leaves, tree branches, pine cones, etc.|Photo by Big Stock

Looking for ways to upgrade your outdoor space? A garden with mulch may be the thing you’re missing. Check out these 10 reasons why you should garden with mulch and use it for your outdoor landscape.

1. Mulch suppresses weeds.

2. Acting like an insulator, it protects roots from fluctuating and extreme environmental temperatures.

3. Mulch retains moisture in soil.

4. As a buffer, mulch prevents soil compaction from footsteps and equipment.

5. Mulch prevents erosion from wind and water.

6. During warm weather, mulch prevents evaporation from the soil.

7. Inorganic mulch can act as a permanent ground cover.

8. Organic mulch is slowly broken down into humus.

9. Organic mulch increases soil nutrients and biodiversity as it decomposes.

10. Mulch adds visual appeal to any garden or home landscape.

This article was originally published in The NEW PIONEER™ Fall 2015 issue. Subscription is available in print and digital editions here.