Weeds are a nuisance in the garden, causing more harm than good in many cases. They will compete for sunlight, nutrients, and water from your beloved plants. Mulching your beds is a safe and effective way of suppressing weeds. It is also very aesthetically pleasing! Mulches are categorised into two main groups, Inorganic and organic. Inorganic mulches include various types of stone, slate, and other materials. Inorganic mulches do not decompose and do not need to be replenished often. Organic mulches include wood chips, bark, leaves, compost mixes, and more derived from ‘once living’ organisms. Organic mulches decompose into the soil below, at different rates depending on the material, climate, and soil microorganisms present. The decomposition process improves soil quality and fertility. Mulches maintain a healthy soil providing a balance required by your garden. Increasing beneficial microorganisms and a resistance to pest and disease. It is a great insulator, regulating soil temperatures keeping roots warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Mulches maintain moisture levels in the soil by reducing surface evaporation. It also reduces water run-off during rain or watering. Not having enough water can cause your garden to wilt, too much water will cause plants to rot. Mulch can conserve enough water to keep your plants healthy, keeping your mind at bay and reducing the chances of you overwatering! This reduces the amount of watering needed therefore reducing your water bill.