Mulch Your Garden Healthy

What is mulching?

It is  an application of a layer of insulating material over the surface of the ground.

Mulching has several benefits:

  • improve plant growth by modifying the temperature of the soil
  • reducing evaporation of soil water retaining the earth worms
  • smothers  weed seedlings
  • provides additional nutrients to the plants  (depending on the material used)
  • protects roots from extreme cold and heat
Mulching with organic material
Mulching with organic material

Mulch options include:

  • comfrey leaves
  • newspaper
  • lucerne
  • straw
  • leaves
  • bark/wood chips


  1. Be sure not to let newspaper and grass clippings pack down to form an impenetrable mat so water cannot reach the soil.
  2. In spring be sure to reduce the level of mulch to allow the soil to warm up


Lucerne mulch
Lucerne mulch

CAUTION: Using black plastic strips

heavy roofing paper and other

unconventional non organic

materials are not recommended.