Use Mulch to Prevent Weeds - Knowledgebase Question

Westerly, RI
Question by josan
October 19, 1999
We just moved into a new home with a beautiful perennial garden. What kind of mulch can I use to control the weeds, maintain good quality soil, and have it look attractive?

Answer from NGA
October 19, 1999


Mulch is a great for controlling weeds. It also retains soil moisture and as it breaks down it provides nutrients to the soil. Any organic matter can be used as mulch. Try compost, bark, wood chips, straw, or pine needles. As it breaks down, dig it into your soil and add more. I like compost because it is already greatly decomposed and is adding nutrients to the soil. If you don't like that "look" you could put 1-2 inches of compost down and then put another layer of something else, such as bark chips, over it. Good luck with your new perennial garden!

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