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Mulch is a material that is spread over the surface of the soil as a covering. It’s used for various purposes, including:

• Retaining moisture in the soil.
• Suppressing weeds and potentially blocking their growth.
• Cooling the soil and plant roots, especially during warmer months.
• Preventing frost heaving in winter, which can disrupt plant roots.
• Enhancing the visual appeal of garden beds and landscapes.

Mulch is made from natural materials like bark, pine needles, grass clippings, and leaves. It decomposes over time, adding nutrients to the soil and improving its structure.

The best time to apply mulch is in the spring or fall, after weeding and removing any old mulch. This helps to prepare the garden for the growing season or protect it during the colder months.