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Can Mulch Reduce Garden Water Requirements? *

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Time Required Very Long (1+ months)
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Divide a part of your garden into two equal plots, with each plot receiving equal amounts of sun. Cover one plot with two inches of organic mulch, such as compost or ground bark. Leave the other plot uncovered. Use the same amount of water for each plot for two or three weeks. At the beginning of the experiment, and at one-week intervals, dig down and check the soil in each plot for moisture content. Which plot holds water better? Which plot shows better plant growth? (McCausland, 2006)

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Bibliography

McCausland, J., 2006. "Smart Summer Watering," Sunset July, 2006: 68.

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