created on Apr 7, 2015
Mulching your flower and vegetable garden is a great way to suppress weeds, conserve water, prevent erosion, and regulate the temperature of your soil. In fact, mulching is probably the most time-saving measure you can take in your garden. There are many types of mulches - plastic, wood chips, pine needles, and straw, to name a few. So, which type is best for your garden? Here’s a mulching checklist to help you decide.
Specifically, cucumbers, squash, melons, tomatoes, eggplants, and peppers do very well when planted over a plastic mulch.
Because they last so long, they are a good choice for walkways and perennial beds.
They are acidic and therefore will lower your garden’s pH over time
Be careful as some contain seeds that will sprout and grow in your garden.
If these pests are a problem in your garden, straw might not be for you.
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