Mulch Ado About Weed Control
Anyone who listens to the news is going to be uncomfortable using chemical weed killer to control weeds in a home garden. Although many are touted as safe, herbicides do seem to have a way of getting linked to unexpected health hazards.
The obvious, safer solution is to use mulch instead. Mulches not only control weeds, they help the soil retain moisture. Some mulches actually feed the soil as they decompose.
Unfortunately, as is so often the case, it turns out that there’s a bit more to it. Some mulching options produce unwanted side effects, and it’s useful to know what they are.