Saturday, August 2, 2008

Tip #2 Mulching for Weed Control

Mulching is putting down a layer of organic material in the space between plants. A good mulch layer is 1/2" to 1" thick. This prevents sunlight from reaching weed seeds. It's a good idea to start by weeding the garden bed and then laying down the layer of mulch. The layer must be renewed when it gets thin.

Examples of mulch are:
  • Old Newspapers
  • Macadamia Nut Husks
  • Wood Chips
  • Straw

Mulch can be obtained from local farmers, recycling facilities at the dump, or from organic materials lying around the house.

Mulch has many other benefits that will be covered in subsequent tips.

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