Garden Guru: Why Mulch?

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Everybody likes to put mulch around their houses. They think it looks really pretty, and it does, but what you don’t realize is the benefit of mulch, and that is to keep the moisture in your plant roots so they don’t dry out in the summer.

Now, here’s the hard part: what kind of mulch are you going to put around? What are the benefits?

Well, some people like cocoa mulch, the husks from cocoa shells. When it rains, it smells like chocolate.

Mini nuggets are tiny, little pieces, some people like the looks of that one, which is fine.

Large nuggets, pine bark nuggets, are big, big chunks. Some people think it’s easier to spread.

Probably the number one is naturally, double-shredded hardwood mulch. The reason I like this is because it mats together, makes a nice, fine mesh on top of your soil. It really holds the moisture in.

The nice thing about natural mulches is they’re a natural byproduct, which means yes, it breaks down over the years, but it works into the soil. And because it’s a natural byproduct, it’s actually enriching the soil.

So is mulch pretty? Yes, it is. What variety you pick is up to you. But remember, it does have a benefit; it keeps in the moisture, looks good, breaks down and enriches the soil.

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