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Create a 2-4" blanket of inorganic (gravel) or organic (wood chips) mulch over the soil surface and around plants to conserve water, keep soil cool, suppress weeds, reduce compaction, and slowly make nitrogen and other nutrients available.
Mulch created from greenwaste includes wood chips, dried leaves and twigs that are the result of tree pruning and landscape maintenance. This is readily available from many tree companies and many cities have free mulch available. By using this mulch, you can reduce greenwaste that would otherwise be sent to the landfill. You can also create your own mulch by chipping and shredding your own greenwaste. Avoid composting weeds and diseased plants that can spread and cause problems in your landscape.
Most native plants evolved with lean soils and DO NOT need fertilizer. Mulch slowly decomposes at the soil surface and releases nutrients at a rate that native plants can absorb.