What is mulching? How mulch makes plants healthier and helps save water

Mulching on a rose bed with rose bushes growing out of it
Mulching your flower beds will stop weeds taking away nutrients from your plants (Image credit: Getty)

What is mulching? Mulching is a gardening practice that uses organic material to preserve moisture and improve the condition of the soil for plants.

It fertilises, protects, and insulates plants and roots, suppresses weeds and helps the existing soil retain moisture in your garden design.

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