Benefits of Living Mulch for you...
How much do you spend on mulch every year?
With bales retailing at $30-35, many families pay out over $100/year keeping back gardens mulched. For market and community gardeners, the costs are substantially higher.
I spent over $1,000 and about four weeks mulching every year, only to watch it quickly disappear...
Now I use my time more constructively!
Growing a thick ground cover of living mulch we double our protection against weeds, water loss, and fire using fire retardant plants.
Benefits of Living Mulch for your soil ecosystem...
Mulch improves the functioning of our soil ecosystem. But we now know that mulch and other above-ground sources of organic materials have a limited effect on our soil's organic matter levels. That's why mulch has the annoying habit of disappearing so quickly!
By growing living mulch, we supply the roots and root exudates needed to improve our soil ecosystem.
Living mulch also creates a mini-ecosystem: a diversity of ground cover plants providing habitat and food for insects and birds; mulch for beetles, earthworms and other detritivores.