Mulch is a layer of material, such as wood chips, leaves, or grass clippings, that is applied to the surface of the soil around plants. Mulch provides a number of benefits, including weed suppression, moisture retention, and temperature moderation. By suppressing weeds, mulch reduces the need for herbicides and manual weeding, which saves time and reduces the use of chemicals. Additionally, mulch helps to retain moisture in the soil, which reduces the need for watering and can help to conserve water. By moderating soil temperature, mulch can also protect plant roots from extreme heat and cold. When choosing mulch, be sure to select materials that are appropriate for your climate and soil conditions. Organic mulches, such as wood chips or leaves, will also break down over time, providing nutrients to the soil and improving soil structure. By using mulch, you'll be creating a more sustainable landscape that is both beautiful and efficient.