A Little Bit About Much
A little bit about mulch from North Carolina State University:
  • Reduces landscape maintenance & keep plants healthy
  • Conserves moisture - 10% to 25% reduction in soil moisture loss
  • Keeps the soil well aerated by reducing soil compaction
  • Reduces water runoff & soil erosion
  • Prevents soil & fungi from splashing on the foliage, thus reducing the likelihood of soil-borne diseases
  • Helps maintain a more uniform soil temperature (warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer)
  • Promotes the growth of soil microorganisms & earth worms
  • Provides a barrier between plants & the mower to prevent damage
A 2" to 4" layer should prevent most weed seeds from germinating. Mulch should be applied to a weed-free soil surface. Simply covering perennial weeds such as bermudagrass or nutsedge will not prevent their growth. The mulch should cover as much of the root zone as possible.

For beds mulch the entire area. For individual plants, such as trees, the mulched area should extend at least 3 to 6
feet out from the base of the plant. It is advisable to pull the mulch 1 to 2 inches from the base of plants to prevent bark decay.
 

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