04/07/2011 Riverland Gardener, Tracy Jenner

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Feel the benefits of good mulch

Mulching is one of the most important gardening tasks, whether you’re an old hand or a complete gardening novice. A mulch is simply a covering of material over the soil between plants that will reduce the need for watering and prevent weeds from gaining a foothold. There are basically two types: loose mulches which can be organic, such as bark chippings or inorganic, such as gravel; and sheet mulches such as mulch matting, polythene or a piece of old carpet.
Why mulch?
Apart from looking good, organic mulch offers six main benefits:

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