April 13, 2015 - Posted by: The Tree Doctor
Not only does mulch add visual appeal to your landscape, but it can also help conserve moisture in the soil.
“Water is the driving force of all nature,” wrote Leonardo da Vinci. Years later, the same remains true. Crisp water allows our yards, flowers and trees to flourish. Yet in 2014, drought affected 40 percent of the country, particularly California, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. With another growing season ahead, gardeners from coast to coast are asking, “How can I save water in my yard and garden?”
Luckily, one of the most effective ways to save water in your garden is also the easiest: mulching. Mulch also suppresses weeds and looks beautiful.
Learn how to mulch to save water in five easy steps from Shawn Fitzgerald, ISA certified arborist and technical advisor at Davey Tree.
1. Choose the right mulch. To save water in the garden, use organic mulch because it breaks down and conditions the soil. Non-organic mulches remain on the surface and block water and air, meaning you may have to remove them later.