How to Mulch Your Garden | Types of Mulch 

Mulching your garden helps retain moisture, discourage weeds, and promote soil health. This guide covers mulching your garden and the types of mulch you can use.  

Remove weeds and debris before mulching. You should also thoroughly water your plants.  

Get Your Garden Ready  

Each mulch type has pros and cons. Some common types are  

Selecting Mulch  

Spread mulch around your plants, avoiding piling it against the stems or trunks to prevent rot. Most mulches should be 2-4 inches thick, however this varies by variety.  

Apply Mulch  

Due to decomposition and settlement, organic mulches may need to be topped up. Look for weeds in the mulch and pull them out.  

Maintain Mulch  

Black and brown mulches absorb more heat, which is good in cooler climes but can overheat in warmer ones. Light mulches like straw or white plastic reflect heat and chill the soil.  

Consider Mulch Color  

Mulch retains soil moisture, but moisture levels must be monitored, especially in hot, dry weather. To maintain soil moisture, water your garden as needed.  

Keep track of moisture  

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