One of the most detrimental effects of wintertime wind, rain, and snow is soil erosion. Mulching prevents soil erosion by forming a barrier between the topsoil and the elements. Add 2-4 inches of mulch around flower and vegetable beds as well as shrubs and trees for maximum protection.

If you’re dealing with sloping land, you may need a little assistance keeping the mulch in place. One technique is to use plastic mulch, which consists of large sheets of polyethylene film. These black plastic sheets can also prevent weed growth. Of course, plastic isn’t biodegradable, so it does have some drawbacks compared to organic mulch.

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