Want to protect your plants from the summer heat, save water, reduce weeds, AND help the environment at the same time?
Then place mulch around trees and shrubs, in flower gardens, and in vegetable gardens! Shredded pine bark mulch and native hardwood mulches are good choices. A layer of mulch reduces weeds and keeps soil moist and soil temperatures moderate.
How to do it… Make sure there is adequate soil moisture before placing it. Wait until after a rain or if the soil is dry, simply water before you place the mulch. Add a deep enough layer of mulch; three inches or more will do the trick. Water in the mulch after you’ve placed it down. Replenish your mulch when the layer becomes less than 3 inches.