How to Mulch: Save Water, Feed the Soil, and Suppress Weeds. A Storey Basics®Title
Mulching, while not absolutely essential for gardening, is certainly recommended, as it improves water retention, reduces erosion, and blocks weeds. Some mulches can be a lovely accent, others can improve harvest yield, and organic mulches add nutrients to the ground as they decay. The amount of work needed to mulch varies, but it pays off in less work down the road. How to Mulch is a great little book that enumerates all these benefits of mulching, and more. It gives you the pros and cons of different types of mulch, and which are best for several different types of plants, including many specific vegetables, fruits, shrubs, trees, perennials, and annuals. Recommended mulch depth and spreading is clearly laid out, as well as when or if to refresh your mulches. This slim volume is easy to read and meant to be a quick reference guide for all gardeners: novices, when confronted with a dizzying array of choices at the garden center, will find it invaluable for making wise choices; more experienced gardeners will continue to turn to it each season as a refresher for the correct depth, spacing, types, and timing. It is an extremely helpful addition to every gardener’s library.
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