Mulching, also known as top dressing, is a common practice that has many benefits. Mulch provides an attractive final touch to garden bedshelps retain moisturekeeps weeds at bay, protects plants and can improve the soil. One of the first things to understand about mulch is that in order to improve soil and increase the health of plants, mulch must be organic. Only organic mulch decomposes and provides the nutrients necessary to improve soil composition.

Organic mulch includes but is not limited to such things as grass clippingsshredded leavesworm casings, peat moss, newspapercoconut husks and alfalfa hay.

Gardening simply does not allow one to be mentally old, because too many hopes and dreams are yet to be realized.

— Allan Armitage