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Is black shredded leaf mulch as good as black plastic

 
Melody Sharma
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I want to avoid using plastic in the garden, will a layer of black shredded leaf mulch around tomatoes and cukes work just as well? I figured since the mulch is dark it will heat the soil up like black plastic.
 
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It sounds like a good idea. The black mulch stacks functions, to; it will retain moisture, help build the soil, fungi, and microbial life. It'll also moderate the temperature.
 
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Plastic is easier and cheaper for scale. Mulch is better.
 
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