A surprising number of gardeners we talk with still aren’t using the right mulch. More surprisingly, some gardeners still aren’t using a mulch at all. So, what’s the value of mulch? A quality mulch is like a carpet of love that shields your soil and plant roots from the sun’s abrasive rays. That layer of mulch keeps the soil cool, so the roots are in an agreeable environment and free to “root” around as they eat and drink nutrients found in the rich soil. Lastly, a quality mulch helps the soil retain water (and helps gardeners water less).

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