Consider using mulch as a way to keep your soil in your garden area healthy and protected.
Mulch is a protective layer of material spread on top of soil. There are many different kinds of mulch that can be used in gardening and all of them are extremely beneficial. You can use organic mulches like grass clippings, straw, bark chips, and other similar materials. Inorganic mulches like stones, brick chips, and plastics are also very popular.
Both types of mulch, organic and inorganic, provide protection to the soil. They reduce compact that comes from heavy rains and protects the soil from erosion. Both types also reduce the need for frequent watering by conserving moisture and maintaining a more even soil temperature. Another beneficial quality of mulch is the protection against weeds it provides, and without those awful weeds your garden has a more “finished” look to it.
Organic mulches also have some addition qualities. Organic materials actually improve the condition of the soil. The decomposition of the organic materials provides matter which helps keep the soil loose allowing for improved root growth and enhanced the water holding capacity of the soil. Inorganic mulches lack the soil improving qualities but do have their place in landscaping.