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  Mulch - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Living mulch may also be considered a type of mulch, or as a mulch-like cover crop.
Mulching is an important part of any no-dig gardening regime, such as practiced within permaculture systems.
Mulch is usually applied towards the beginning of the growing season, and may be reapplied as necessary.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Mulch   (604 words)

 Mulch   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
Mulch protects the soil and improves moisture retention underneath it, benefitting seeded grasses in hot areas but not always in cool ones.
Mulch was judged “excellent” in effectiveness by most interviewees, although many also noted that it is quite expensive and labor-intensive.
Mulch can be applied in 100 to 200 ft (30 to 60 m) wide strips on long slopes, saving labor costs and also reducing the potential impact of the mulch on native plant diversity.
fire.r9.fws.gov /ifcc/Esr/Treatments/mulch.htm   (454 words)

 G6960 Mulches, MU Extension
The effectiveness of a mulch depends on the density and texture of the material used and the depth of the layer applied.
The mulched area should be at least as broad as the plant itself and preferably broader since most woody plants have root systems that reach beyond the spread of the branches.
The mulch layer should be about 2 inches deep and of fairly coarse material such as unfinished compost, aged sawdust, bark, milled wood fiber or tobacco stems.
muextension.missouri.edu /xplor/agguides/hort/g06960.htm   (1582 words)

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Mulches reduce the growth of weeds, when the mulch material itself is weed-free and applied deeply enough to prevent weed germination or to smother existing weeds.
Mulches prevent crusting of the soil surface, thus improving the absorption and movement of water into the soil.
An organic mulch is a mulch made of natural substances such as bark, wood chips, leaves, pine needles, or grass clippings.
hgic.clemson.edu /factsheets/HGIC1604.htm   (2492 words)

 Guide to Selecting a Garden Mulch
Mulching your flower and vegetable beds will drastically reduce the amount of time spent weeding, watering and fighting pests.
Organic mulches are those that used to be living material, such as bark, straw, leaves, grass clippings and pine needles.
Mulch is usually sold by the cubic yard, and that can leave gardeners scratching their head when trying to figure out how much to buy.
www.gardenguides.com /TipsandTechniques/mulch/mulch-noframe.htm   (299 words)

 Mulch: Facts and details from Encyclopedia Topic   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
Sheet composting is the process of composting organic matter directly onto the soil as a mulch and letting it decay there,...
Mulching is an important part of any No-dig gardening[For more facts and a topic of this subject, click this link] regime, EHandler: no quick summary.
Mulch is usually applied towards the beginning of the growing season growing season quick summary:
www.absoluteastronomy.com /encyclopedia/m/mu/mulch.htm   (1598 words)

 All About Mulch
Mulched plants have more roots than plants that are not mulched, because mulched plants will produce additional roots in the mulch that surrounds them.
Mulching is a very important practice for establishing new plantings, because it helps to conserve moisture in the root ball of the new plant until the roots have grown out into the surrounding soil.
Mulches composed of grass clippings or shredded leaves should never be deeper than 2 inches, because these materials tend to mat together, restricting the water and air supply to plant roots.
www.savvygardener.com /Features/mulch.html   (2300 words)

 Mulches for Gardens and Landscapes
Mulch is any natural or synthetic material used to cover topsoil in the garden or home landscape.
The selection of a specific mulch will depend on its availability, cost, the crop to be mulched, and the season of the year.
A good mulch should not need frequent renewal and should be non-toxic to plants, easy to apply, free from disease and weed seed, and not be so absorbent that it can take moisture away from plants.
www.cahe.nmsu.edu /pubs/_h/h-121.html   (1603 words)

 Mulching Trees and Shrubs
Mulches prevent soil and possible fungi from splashing on the foliage ---- thus reducing the likelihood of soil-borne diseases.
Mulch depth depends on the type of material used and the drainage and moisture holding capacity of the soil.
Note that pine bark mulch is primarily used as a soil conditioner and that pine bark nuggets are used as mulch.
www.ces.ncsu.edu /depts/hort/consumer/factsheets/trees-new/text/muching.html   (1486 words)

 Beware of Sour Mulch
Mulching garden or landscape plants with bark, straw, leaf, or sawdust mulch can be beneficial to plants in a number of ways.
Mulch not only helps conserve moisture around plants, but also serves as a barrier to weed growth and can be an effective method of weed control.
Toxicity of sour mulch is caused by by-products of the decomposition process, such as methane, alcohol, ammonia gas, or hydrogen sulfide gas, that build up to levels toxic to plant growth.
www.ext.vt.edu /departments/envirohort/factsheets2/landsmaint/jul94pr5.html   (762 words)

 Mulching Landscape Plants, HYG-1083-96
A mulch, by definition, is a layer of bark, sphagnum peat moss, muck peat, compost, pine needles, gravel, plastic, or any similar material uniformly spread on the surface of the soil under plants.
Mulching too early can delay drying of soil and subsequent root growth which is dependent upon sufficient aeration (oxygen content in soil) and reasonably warm temperature in the root zone.
Extra heavy mulch layers in autumn are often a haven for rodents to nest, which may lead to girdling (destruction of the food conducting vessel in the stem) of selected plants when wildlife food sources are covered with snow.
ohioline.osu.edu /hyg-fact/1000/1083.html   (1845 words)

 Cover Crops - Living Mulches
Recently, however, there has been interest in living mulch systems where the cover crop and vegetable grow together in the field for all or part of the growing season in order to extend weed control and other cover crop benefits such as decreased traffic compaction into the growing period of the crop.
If the mulch is planted before the vegetable crop, strips of the mulch must be prepared for the crop by tilling, mowing, or applying herbicides.
The vegetable crop may be planted in double or triple rowsbetween wider strips of living mulch to lessen competition between the crop and the mulch.
www.cals.ncsu.edu /sustainable/peet/cover/l_mulch.html   (851 words)

 Plastic mulch - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Plastic mulch is a product used, in a similar fashion to mulch, to suppress weeds and conserve water in crop production and landscaping.
Plastic mulch is often used in conjunction with drip irrigation.
This method is predominant in large-scale vegetable growing, with millions of acres cultivated under plastic mulch worldwide each year.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Plastic_mulch   (122 words)

Mulch is an organic or inorganic material applied to the soil surface during the growing season or applied over the plant during the dormant season.
An important characteristic of mulch is its ability to insulate a plant and its roots from the effects of extreme temperature fluctuations.
A mulch applied to a newly seeded lawn, for example, is designed to reduce loss of soil and plant moisture until the turf is established.
www.uri.edu /ce/factsheets/sheets/mulch.html   (1362 words)

 Mulch   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
Mulching is one of the most beneficial things that can be done for the health of a tree.
Mulch must be applied properly; if it is too deep, or if the wrong material is used, it can actually cause significant harm to trees and other landscape plants.
Mulch piled high against the trunks of young trees may create habitats for rodents that chew the bark and can "ring bark" the trees.
www.isa-uki.org /pages/Mulch.htm   (1152 words)

 Landscaping with Mulch   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
Wood mulch that has not been properly aged or turned regularly can contain toxins and acids that are harmful to young plants.
It is heavier than bark mulch and less likely to blow away or float away during a heavy rain.
Mulch that is too deep will stimulate root growth in the mulch layer rather than in the ground.
www.lowes.com /lowes/lkn?action=howTo&p=LawnGarden/mulch.html&rn=RightNavFiles/rightNavLawnGarden   (1755 words)

 Mulching for a Healthy Landscape
Mulches used primarily to protect shrubs and flowers from severe winter temperatures and frost heaving are called winter mulches.
Mulches applied for winter protection should be laid down 'in early winter, once the soil has cooled but before it has frozen.
Mulch that has not been aged can be toxic to plants due to the formation of organic acids during the decomposition process, and, if placed too close to tender stems, will harm or kill plants.
www.ext.vt.edu /pubs/envirohort/426-724/426-724.html   (1541 words)

 Bed Mulch
Mulch made from wood chips not only rots slowly, but is very low in available nutrients and so retards weed growth.
Wood chips are not a desirable mulch to use on flower or perennial beds as they take nitrogen from the soil (you will need to periodically add a nitrogen containing fertilizer to your soil to combat this problem when you begin to notice the lower leaves on your plants turning yellow).
Red mulches add a touch of color as well as iron (Fe) to your garden as the chips are stained red with an iron solution.
www.fantasylawns.com /bed_mulch.htm   (483 words)

 Solid Waste Division - Mulch Program
The leaves collected each autumn are shredded in a large "tub grinder" to produce a product referred to as "leaf mulch."** This tub grinder significantly reduces the particle size of the leaves and enhances natural degradation and composting.
Mulch is available free of charge at the site on a first-come, first-served basis; however, on-site pick up is limited to Alexandria residents and private contractors who use the mulch for pre-approved Alexandria City government projects only.
Mulch cannot be delivered on the street in front of your property or behind it.
alexandriava.gov /tes/sw/mulch_pgm.html   (315 words)

 Permaculture— Mulch Gardening
Basically the EarthVoice method of mulch gardening entails creating permanent pathways in the garden area that allow access around an area of permanent beds.
Once you get into the mulch mentality and you will start finding mulch materials in the most unlikely places (hops from a brewery has been reported and on and on....).
Mulch the pathways for your permanent beds using some kind of barrier preferrably under the walkway mulch.
www.greenlivingnetwork.org /index_files/Page806.htm   (1302 words)

 Mulch Calculator - atSTECKS.com Nursery and Landscaping
Just enter the bed widths and lengths and the depth you will be spreading the mulch.
Variable in size and content, ideally used as a mulch for "rougher" projects, as in woodland clearing.
Mulch and Topsoil Calculator Copyrighted 2000 Stecks Nursery and Landscaping.
www.atstecks.com /mulch.htm   (285 words)

 Mulch   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
Mulch is often sold in bags, by the yard or by the "truckload." So, how much mulch do you need for your yard?
Remember to leave at least 2 inches of space between the mulch and the plant's trunk or stem.
Replenish mulch once or twice a year, as needed to maintain a 2-3 inch depth.
www.clemson.edu /cyn/mulch.html   (192 words)

 Mulch Magic Colored Mulch and Aggregates - Landscape Coatings   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
However, mulch is an unattractive source of food because of its small particle size (termites tend to prefer larger masses of wood).
When placing mulch around a home, common recommendations include keeping a six inch trench between the top of the mulch and the veneer on the house.
Raking the mulch at 4-6 month intervals will rejuvenate the beds and allow additional aeration to plant roots, which is beneficial for plant growth.
www.mulchmagic.com /landscapeCoatings.asp   (1038 words)

 Mulch-it, Swing sets
MULCH-IT will not be responsible for removing fences, trees, shrubs, etc...
MULCH-IT can prepare the area where your swing set will be set up.
Mulch-it is not responsible for errors published by the Web site designer.
www.mulch-it.com /images/swingsets   (325 words)

 Easy Gardening...Mulching page 1   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
A mulch is any substance spread on the ground to protect plant roots from heat, cold or drought or to keep fruit clean.
A thin layer of mulch on the soil surface (especially in sloping gardens) reduces the washing away of soil particles by rushing water.
Mulch also reduces the rate of water loss from the soil.
aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu /extension/easygardening/mulching/mulching1.html   (230 words)

 About Mulch   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
Most of the pine bark mulch available in the central to eastern United States, comes from southern grown pines and is a by-product of the paper and lumber industries.
Secondly, Cocoa Shell Mulch is heavily used at the Gardens as a winter-protection mulch for roses.
Mulch is the icing to the cake, there is some work to be done before you spread your mulch.
www.mulch.com /aboutmulch.asp   (2248 words)

 Decorative Stone
Mulch provides a cozy trimmed appearance to any landscaping project and has several additional benefits.
The mulch itself is a natural insulator for the soil and plant roots, helping to keep moisture in the soil by preventing sun-baked evaporation.
And, as the mulch slowly decays, it releases organic nutrients into the soil.
www.earthnwood.com /pages/mulch.asp   (238 words)

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