Keep your garden clean, cool and weed-free this summer! We recommend adding mulch to your planting beds, veggie gardens and more.

Mulch can be loosely defined as a material placed on top of the soil, around plants. Most mulch materials are made of organic matter, of some form, and will decompose and add nutrients into your soil over time. Common examples are bark chips, compost, straw, autumn leaves and cardboard.

 

Why Mulch?

There are a few very good reasons to add mulch to your planting beds this year. But we will start with the most valuable: it saves water! Mulch acts like insulation for the soil- it conserves water, reduces evaporation and cools the soil temperatures. This keeps your plant roots happy so they don’t feel the need to guzzle so much water. Mulch locks in moisture.

Other Benefits:

  • Mulch has the added benefit of suppressing weeds and keeping new ones from taking root.
  • It also gives your garden a clean and tidy look.
  • Mulch can even prevent some pests from boring down into the soil.

Most are fairly cheap and are easy to apply! Just spread a nice thick layer (we recommend at least a couple inches thick) around the base of plants and in between-anywhere there is bare soil! Most materials will break down over time so you may need to add a bit more every year. Be sure to watch your soil pH as some materials, like wood chips, can shift it. Try layering different types of mulch (like newspaper with straw on top) to increase effectiveness.

The Evergreen Nursery carries many different types of mulch material. You can buy it by the bag or, if you need a lot, we also sell it in bulk. You can learn more about our bulk materials here.