Sustainable Garden Starter Kit: 10 Must-Have Products for the New Green, Grower

Mulch

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Mulching your garden is one of the simplest, greenest things you can do to keep your plants not just healthy, but thriving: It helps your soil trap moisture before it evaporates, so you can use less water, and it is an all-natural way to help stop weeds from popping up.

The options for mulch are nearly endless: You can buy an organic version, or you can make your own natural -- and inexpensive -- version with reclaimed wood chips, grass clippings, pine needles, leaves, or hay.

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