Mulch and trees, that is the question. As every gardener must, at some time, face the question: “to mulch or not to mulch?”. The general definition of mulching is the addition of a thin layer of material, most often organic, to the soil surface.
<h2> Benefits of Mulching</h2>
The benefits of mulching are to reduce soil moisture loss, block weed growth, reduce soil temperature, slow surface runoff, improve soil fertility; and enhance the visual appearance of an area. The most common type of commercial mulch is 100 % organic and is a by- product of saw mills; consisting partially by barks in decomposition, wood chips and sawdust.
<h2> Recommendations: Mulch and trees </h2>
Although, tree pruning and removal in urban areas is another source of this type of mulching material. Many times a gardener prefers to use other types of organic mulch; including leaves, grass clippings, straw, hay and composted vegetable waste. These types of mulch enhance soil fertility, but are messy to handle, may be smelly; hence not very attractive in an ornamental garden.
The reasons for mulching vary. If weeds are a serious problem, the common recommendation is that an area to be mulched has to be cover up with black polyethylene sheets for several months to kill the weeds. The sheets need to be tie dow