Reasons for applying mulch include conservation of soil moisture, improving fertility and health of the soil, reducing weed growth and enhancing the visual appeal of the area.

Besides keeping weed growth down, using mulch can help your yard in a number of ways, including:

*Reducing water loss in the soil.
*Controlling erosion.
*Regulating soil temperature (keeping it cooler in summer, warmer in winter).
*Improving the soil, once the mulch has broken down (in the case of the organic kinds of mulches, such as shredded leaves).&*
*Drawing beneficial worms to the garden.