Mulching for Weed Control

A great way to save time and energy in your vegetable garden is to use mulch. It saves time weeding and it keeps water in the soil. Mulching also prevents weeds from establishing themselves, which can rob nutrients from the soil around your vegetable plants and stunt their growth. This is a low impact and very organic method to control weeds.

Before starting to mulch, make sure any weeds around your plants have been cleared out and pulled. Make sure your soil is recently watered but not soaking wet. Take some old newspapers from your recycling bin and moisten them too, again, not soaking wet. Lay several sheets worth down on the garden soil between and around your vegetable plantings. You can hold them down with a little bit of dirt if it’s windy out. Make sure your seedling plants are at least 4 to 6 inches tall before doing this. Leave 2 to 3 inches of space around your plants so they can grow properly. On top of your paper, add materials such as hay or grass clippings, or shredded bark mulch. Take a look at the video to see how it’s done.

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