Mulch is any covering placed around plants. Mulch conserves water because and prevents erosion by slowing runoff and permitting your landscape to better absorb and retain water from winter rains. Mulch also suppresses weed growth, shelters the soil from temperature extremes and improves appearance of your landscape.
Viewer Tip: Apply a two- to three-inch layer of mulch around plants in the fall or winter to keep soil temperatures even and reduce water evaporation. Organic mulch can also be applied to unplanted raised beds as a top dressing. A variety of organic and inorganic mulches are available on the market and materials for mulch may be found right in your yard. Mulch options include shredded tree prunings, bark chips, raked leaves, grass clippings, and rocks or pebbles.
For more information on using mulch in your garden, visit: www.ccwater.com/files/Drought101Mulch.pdf.
This information is provided by the Water Conservation Garden. Learn more at www.thegarden.org.