Benefits of Mulching: Moisture Retention


Benefits of Mulching: Moisture Retention

Mulching has many benefits. One of the beneficial effects of mulching is moisture retention. This is an invaluable practice when creating a water-wise landscape. In this section, we will discuss the ways mulch helps retain moisture and what mulches to avoid for moisture retention.

How does mulch help moisture retention?

Moisture is lost through a variety of ways. Evaporation of moisture from soils accounts for a large amount of moisture loss on hot, windy …

Types of Mulch


         
  Gravel is available in different sizes and colors
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  Bark is a very popular mulch and comes in different sizes and colors
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Choosing the correct mulch material is important when planning a water wise landscape. Mulch can increase water retention in soil, however, using organic mulch with some very drought tolerant plants can cause too much moisture to be retained and potentially cause root rot.

There …