What is mulch?

Mulch is material applied to the soil surface to protect and/or improve the area covered or simply as a groundcover. It is often applied around plants with the intent being to modify the soil environment and enhance targeted plant growth. Mulch may be made of organic material such as bark, wood chips, pine needles or composts, and may also be made of inorganic material such as gravel, plastic, pebbles, woven ground cloth or even aluminum foil,.

Benefits of applying mulch.

Incorrect mulch application.

However, there can be a downside to mulching. If not applied correctly (to correct depth), over mulching can create an environment which can harbor organisms capable of causing bark rot. Too deep a layer of organic mulch can also provide an environment which may support a variety of harmful fungi, bacteria and especially harmful insects (termites).

Rules for applying mulch.

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