Importance of Mulch on Plants

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Mulch is used to protect the roots of plants from wind, sun, and to hold in moisture. Learn more about the importance of mulch in this free gardening video about how to use organic fertilizers on plants. View Video Transcript

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Michael Clark

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This clip is about the importance of mulch in an organic garden or the use of organic fertilizers. Why do we mulch plants? We put mulch around the top of roots of plants to insulate them from the wind, from the sun, to hold moisture in the root zone of the plant and also to help keep weeds down so we have less work to do. The queen of the garden is compost. Compost is probably the best mulch you can make, the best mulch you can use, it readily turns into soil because it is so alive. Compost is really the best mulch we can use. The application of compost, again, we want to cover the root zone, we want to take our compost and sprinkle it around the top of the roots to accomplish protection from wind, protection from sun and inhibiting weeds and holding water in the root zone of the plant. So remember, some mulches are good but ones that disintegrate and turn into soil and some mulches get some jobs done but not all the job. Plastic for instance will hold weeds down quite effectively, will hold moisture in the soil quite effectively, but it's not really going to turn into soil, which is the process of creating future potential. For our children, for our grand-children or simply next year's garden.