The Mulch Book: A Complete Guide for Gardeners

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Weeding. Watering. Soil improvement. Frost and heat protection. Wouldn't it be wonderful if these gardening chores could be simplified with one easy method? They can! For years, successful gardeners and landscapers have hailed mulching as the labor-saving way to reduce the need for weeding and watering, while at the same time it improves soil and protects plants from harsh weather. The Mulch Book shows you how to use mulching to your best advantage.

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Weeding. Watering. Soil improvement. Frost and heat protection. Wouldn't it be wonderful if these gardening chores could be simplified with one easy method? They can! For years, successful gardeners and landscapers have hailed mulching as the labor-saving way to reduce the need for weeding and watering, while at the same time it improves soil and protects plants from harsh weather. The Mulch Book shows you how to use mulching to your best advantage.

By covering soil with materials such as bark chips, stones, chopped hay, or special commercial mulches, gardeners can crowd out light and prevent weeds from growing. Moisture evaporation is significantly reduced when mulches are applied, so less watering is required. Organic mulches contribute valuable nutrients to the soil and help improve soil structure, for healthier, faster-growing plants. And mulch insulates the soil, offering protection against both frost and extreme heat.

The Mulch Book details everything you need to know about mulching, including:

• How much mulch to use

• When to apply mulch for maximum benefit

• What mulches best suit specific plants -- an A to Z directory for fruits, vegetables, and ornamental plants

• Information on the newest mulching products, including geotextiles

• How to make your own mulch

• How to obtain mulches for free

A little mulching goes a long way in the garden or landscape. Discover for yourself the many benefits mulch has to offer you.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780882666594
  • Publisher: Storey Books
  • Publication date: 1/5/1991
  • Series: Down-to-Earth Book Series
  • Edition description: Rev. and updated
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 5.94 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Meet the Author

The late Stu Campbell was an accomplished gardener, writer, and skier who lived in Stowe, Vermont. He wrote The Home Water SupplyThe Mulch BookMulch It!, Let It Rot!, and Improving Your Soil

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Table of Contents


Preface

Chapter 1 Introduction

Chapter 2 Here's Why: The Benefits of Mulching

Chapter 3 To Give the Devils their Due: Some Drawbacks to Mulching

Chapter 4 A Few Definitions

Chapter 5 Types of Mulch

Chapter 6 Tips for Making the Most of Mulch

Chapter 7 Here's How with Vegetables

Chapter 8 Here's How with Fruits

Chapter 9 Here's How with Ornamentals

Epilogue

Quick-Reference Chart

End Notes

Bibliography

Where to Find Mulching Supplies

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