Does mulching your plants and bulbs really help them?

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Just wondering if all that mulch we're putting on our plants are just for decorative purposes or is it mostly for decoration?

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  • It keeps them warmer in winter and cooler in summer and helps prevent moisture from evaporating when you water. Think of it as insulation for your plants.
  • Ken Ken on Nov 30, 2017
    You only gave one choice here Jeanstrauser. Key question is what kind of mulch? Is it that dyed recycled wood chip stuff you get at the gas station? That's not quite fair since it doesn't matter where you get it. It is not good stuff and could be injurious to your plants. Compost. Leaf mulch. I really know of no other mulch that is beneficial.
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Nov 30, 2017
    Yes,it is a insulation and if done properly with heavy landscape fabric a weed blocker
  • In the summer it helps hold in moisture and helps keep plant roots cooler. In Winter it protects plant roots from winter cold and helps prevent frost heaving. As the mulch breaks down it provides nutrients to the soil. Earth worms love it! Happy worms equals a happy garden! They bring the soil alive with their castings.
  • DesertRose DesertRose on Nov 30, 2017
    If you live in a dry or cold winter climate it does help. If you live in a moist and not freezing type winter, it may help in a dry spell esp.for trees and bushes
  • Amanda Amanda on Nov 30, 2017
    Hi Jean. Mulch does help keep the weeds down and also helps in summer to keep the moisture in and the plants cooler.