The Best Mulch for High Desert Gardens

The weight and heat-retaining abilities of gravel mulch make it a good choice for high desert gardens, which sometimes experience high winds and cold nights. While all mulch helps retain moisture--especially important in the desert--gravel ensures good drainage for succulents, which can't tolerate wet roots.

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About this Author

Melissa Jordan-Reilly has been a writer for 20 years, both as a newspaper reporter and as an editor of nonprofit newsletters. Among the publications in which she has published are, "The Winsted Journal," "Taconic" and "Compass Magazine." A graduate of the University of Connecticut, Jordan-Reilly also pursues sustainable agriculture techniques and tends a market garden at her Northwestern Connecticut home.