Sunday, July 27, 2008

Keep Weeds Under Control with Organic Mulch

"FAIRBANKS — Organic mulch is like dessert — you can live without it, but it makes life better. If you have never used organic mulch, you have no idea how much easier it can make your gardening life.

As you might suspect, an organic mulch is made up of things that used to be living. Compost, grass clippings, seaweed, shredded bark, leaves, sawdust … all of these and more can be used as organic mulches. (Paper is considered an organic mulch because it comes from trees.)

My favorite use for mulch is as a weed suppressant. Some books say it takes 4 to 6 inches to keep the weeds from coming through, but I have found that throwing down an inch or two from the very beginning of the season slows them down. The ones that do manage to come through can be easily vanquished with a hoe or another inch of mulch."

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