There's a time and place to lay off the green stuff and simply cover the earth with a layer of organic mulch. Mulch is a low-care surface that's well suited to paths and open areas where a living element isn't needed. Sometimes, mulch is a temporary solution while you're killing weeds or waiting to decide how to develop a space. At other times, it's a great permanent element in the landscape, offering weed control, water conservation, soil improvement, erosion protection, and a nice natural appearance. It's cheap, too. Check out Chapter 16 for the lowdown on mulch.
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