Mulch is definitely a labor saving device in the garden. A nice layer of mulch will help prevent the germination of many pesky weed seeds, help eliminate the need for cultivating and the use of herbicides. Mulch also helps cool the soil and retain moisture during dry weather, reducing the need for water. Mulch also protects the soil from the impact of rainwater.
While there are many types of mulch, organic mulches such as wood chips, grass clippings, or other locally available materials help improve the soil by adding organic matter during decomposition. Eco-friendly, they encourage the growth of worms and other beneficial soil organisms that help the soil composition and provide nutrients for plants.
The new rubber mulches have other benefits and are made from 100% recycled material. They are excellent for certain applications, such as providing an excellent safety surface under play equipment. Also, for those with mold sensitivities, rubber mulch is a great alternative since it does not rot.
No matter which kind you use, you will be helping the environment and your pocketbook!