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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