Benefits of Mulching: Very good article

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Benefits of Mulching

By TBGDN
November 21, 2013

Mulch has many benefits when applied to certain perennials, vegetables, shrubs, and trees. In nature, mulch is formed and supplied generously by means of decaying plant litter, falling leaves and pine needles, and rotting trees. In the garden, we must help.

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Name: Arlene
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pirl
Nov 20, 2013 9:33 PM CST
My only question is - why don't more people use mulch?

It has all the benefits you gave but the reduction of time spent weeding is the major one for me. I've used various kinds of mulch and they have all worked very well.

Crushed pine needles is a delight to use for gardens as well as paths - so nice and soft on the feet!

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Shredded straw worked very well in the vegetable garden and was so easy and quick to put down.

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Pine mulch bags are heavy but using a barrel at a time makes it go fast enough. If I got the equivalent of a gallon of weeds from this 20' x 30' garden, from April through yesterday, it was a lot. I do spread it on thickly.

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Marilyn
Nov 20, 2013 9:40 PM CST
I've haven't seen bags of shredded straw here before. Sounds great! Wish we had them here!
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Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
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pirl
Nov 20, 2013 9:51 PM CST
They, like the long pine needles, lock together. Even during last year's storm, Sandy, they didn't budge.
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beckygardener
Nov 20, 2013 11:10 PM CST
Good article!

I've never seen pine needles for sale in bags here. Of course, there are plenty of pine trees around and I guess I could just go rake up under some of them in the vacant lots around me. LOL!
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