No-dig ben­e­fits

The Daily Telegraph - Gardening - - Down To Earth -

Fewer weed seeds reach the sur­face. Soil life flour­ishes. Losses of mois­ture and or­ganic mat­ter are re­duced. Soil struc­ture im­proves and re­mains in­tact. Weed­ing is usu­ally easy. On bare soil, reg­u­lar hoe­ing ex­hausts the seed bank near the sur­face, while other weed seeds re­main buried and dor­mant. Or­ganic mulches pre­vent weeds from ger­mi­nat­ing and can be scraped apart to al­low for sow­ing or plant­ing.

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