The main benefits a layer of mulch on your vegetable or flower beds include:
- Reduces growth of weeds
- Conserves moisture by slowing evaporation
- Helps reduce erosion
- Adds organic matter as it breaks down
- Increases water absorption and retention
- Makes surface areas more attractive
Adding mulch is one easy way to keep soil cool, block light, and prevent weeds from growing.
Not sure what to use? If possible, choose an organic material that adds nutrients to the soil as it breaks down. Check out this information on a wide variety of mulch materials to find one that will work for you.