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TrustDale Tip of the Day: *Characteristics of a Good Mulch

The ideal mulch is:

  • Economical.
  • Readily available.
  • Easy to apply and remove.
  • Stays in place.
  • Supplies organic matter to the soil.
  • Is free of noxious weeds, insects, and diseases.

It also performs the three functions described earlier: suppresses weeds, conserves soil water, and moderates soil temperatures.

Does such a supermulch exist? Not really. Consider:

  • Black plastic, which warms the soil in spring, also heats the soil in summer, possibly to levels that are lethal to plants.
  • Straw, shredded leaves, pine needles, and wood chips are effective insulating blankets in winter, but they slow soil warming if left on in the spring.
  • Although black plastic effectively prevents the evaporation of water from the soil, it also blocks the entrance of water into the soil.
  • Mineral or synthetic mulches do not contribute beneficial organic matter to the soil, but some organic mulches may contribute weed seeds and diseases to a site.

*Source: http://www.gardening.cornell.edu/factsheets/mulch/mulchland.html