ID

426-326 (SPES-256P)

Authors as Published

Diane Relf, Retired Extension Specialist, Environmental Horticulture, Virginia Tech; Alan McDaniel, Extension Specialist, Horticulture, Virginia Tech; and Reviewed by Dave Close, Consumer Horticulture and Master Gardener Specialist, Horticulture, Virginia Tech


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Mulching is a practice adaptable to nearly all home gardens. To mulch is simply to cover the soil around plants with a protective material, organic or inorganic.


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Publication Date

September 16, 2020