According to Julie Chai, associate garden editor of Sunset magazine, spreading mulch over your plant beds not only looks good, but can save you money as well.
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Adding a layer of mulch after you plant is a great way to give your garden a finished look, but a four to six inch layer can actually help you save time and money. A layer of mulch that thick will help suppress weed seeds, it’ll keep moisture in, and it will help insulate plant roots. When you apply your mulch just make sure you keep it slightly away from plant bases so it doesn’t rot your plants. And I like to use a small bark mulch like this but you can use whatever’s locally available and plentiful in your area.