Marco said, " I've observed the rain can't actually reach the soil as it falls on the mulch surface and stays there.
Marco Bonfanti wrote:Wondering about the effectiveness of mulching in arid and semiarid drylands, poor and sandy soil with lots of sun and wind. When rains have been missing for a while, call it drought, then they might come back with few and occasional showers. I've observed the rain can't actually reach the soil as it falls on the mulch surface and stays there. Then evaporation comes and plants do not receive any water from the roots. I know of the enormous beneficial effects in terms of soil temperature mitigation, weed control, on site fertility and soil biology enhancing.
Just asking what is your experience, maybe you have experimented techniques to welcome the first light rains in a better way.