Benefits of Mulch

Benefits of Mulch


  • Protects soil from erosion
  • Reduces compaction from impact of heavy rains
  • Conserves moisture, reducing the need for frequent watering
  • Maintains an even soil temperature by insulating soil
  • Improves soil structure, keeping the soil loose for root growth
  • Prevents weed growth (this is the main reason we use it!)
  • Keeps flowers clean by preventing dirt backsplash on plants during a rain event
  • Keeps feet clean, allowing access to garden even when damp
  • Provides a “finished” look

Each kind of mulch has benefits and drawbacks. Straw mulch can blow away and may contain weeds Shredded wood mulch is cost-effective and won’t blow away, but it may deplete nitrogen over time. Cocoa bean mulch holds well on steep slopes, though it can be toxic to pets, it floats, and it can be expensive – but the chocolate smell is enticing!
a Superior rain garden
We added a fresh layer of mulch to this garden in its second year.