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We have included some resources here to help with your garden planning.

Adding mulch in your garden is one of the simplest ways to beautify your yard. A layer of mulch 3 to 4 inches deep will keep most weed seeds in the soil from sprouting and increase moisture retention. Around shallow-rooted plants limit the depth to 5 to 6 inches. Remember to pull back mulch from the base of plants so it doesn't cause rot. Many materials, like wood chips, settle so add an extra 1/2 to 1 inch of the material to account for the decrease in volume.

If you want to use organic mulch on slopes apply a shredded type about 6 inches deep; it'll mat together and stay in place better than a thinner layer.

To add soil amendments to unplanted clay or sandy soil we recommend spreading 4 to 5 inches of amendment over your soil. Spread the material evenly over the soil and then work it in by hand or with a rototiller to a depth of about 9 inches. This will give you a planting area that is approximately half soil and half amendment. If the soil is loamy or has been regularly amended each season just add 2 to 3 inch layer of amendment; you'll have a top 9 inch layer of about three-quarters original soil, one-quarter amendment.
Don't use fabric under organic mulches. It's better to let them decompose and mix into the soil.
Here is a mulch calculator if you are unsure about how much mulch or amendment you will need.

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