By Debbie Post, Nebraska Extension Master Gardener
Mulching does an important job in your garden – shades your plant’s roots on hot days, stops weeds from taking root, and prevents moisture from evaporating. Plants require 25-50 percent less water if they are mulched. Organic mulch like wood bark, leaves, or grass clippings are recommended as they will compost back into your soil after a year or two. Be careful not to get your mulch too deep, two to three inches is best.