What is a mulch?

A mulch is a layer of organic material applied to the surface soil of your garden.  You can use…

  • Shredded Leaves
  • Dried Grass clippings
  • Wood chips
  • Bark chips
  • Straw mulch / field hay / salt hay

5 reasons why you need mulching in a single row garden.

  • Reduces the amount of water that evaporates from soil, greatly reducing the need to water
  • Improves the quality of your soil by breaking up clay and allowing better water and air movement through the soil
  • Provides nutrients to sandy soil and improves its ability to hold water
  • Acts as an insulating layer on top of soil, keeping it cooler in the summer
  • Mulch keeps weeds down, and the weeds that do grow are much easier to pull

Out of those 5  reasons to use a mulch in a row back yard garden, SFG only needs 2 of them. Why? Because in a SFG, you already automatically have the  other 3 without doing anything, It’s all built in to the SFG System, at no additional work, no tools, no expense.

That’s a 60 % reduction. Pretty impressive.  That means 60 % savings in cost AND work.
In fact, if you consider SFG takes only 20 % of the space of a row garden, you will save another 80 % of that 60 % which equals only 8 % of the amount of cost and work.  Know anything else that takes only 8 % of the cost and work.  Square Foot Gardening  does.