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What are the Benefits of Using Mulch?

One of the best things you can do to save a lot of time and energy in your landscapes and gardens is to spread a thick layer of mulch over the exposed areas of soil. Mulch helps your soil retain water, which requires less watering. 

Types of mulch:

While it is one of the most commonly used mulches, it is also one of the cheapest. Cedar is one of the most common sources of grated bark, but it's certainly not the only source. Because it breaks down fairly slowly and blends very well, it's a very common choice for sloping areas. You can buy mulch for your landscape at

Another common option for free mulch is fall foliage. Just scrape off your fall leaves and they can be used as a shelter for your plants in the winter. Fallen leaves often rot fairly quickly (less than a year) and provide your soil with plenty of nutrients.

Another source of free mulch as your mowed grass. In addition, weeds can cause tangles, rot, and odor. To prevent this, spread the grass in a thin layer and make sure it is dry beforehand. Also, because weeds are rich in nitrogen, it provides the nitrogen your plants desperately need.

Another fantastic mulch option you can use is straw. Straw breaks down a little slower than grass and has a nice-looking golden hue. But one thing to note. Often the straws contain extra weed seeds and you could end up with a headache with more weed problems than you are trying to solve.