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Advice from The Farm at Green Village: What is Mulch and What Kind Should I Use?

Check the chart to see how much mulch you will need Credits: The Farm at Green Village
Find the right mulch at The Farm at Green Village Credits: The Farm at Green Village

Mulch is any material spread over the surface of the soil to retain moisture, keep weeds down, keep beds cool and looking attractive. A little mulch immediately after planting can keep the soil moist and encourage root growth. As it decomposes, it increases the richness of the soil. Examples of mulch are compost, compost manure, shredded or chipped bark, newspaper, straw, or shredded leaves.

Shredded or chipped bark is the most common form of mulch and good for use around trees, shrubs and garden beds where there is not a lot of digging. The Farm at Green Village offers a wide variety of shredded premium hardwood bark natural and black/brown cedar to pine bark nuggets.

Shredded leaves are the cheapest option and are great for woodland gardens and entice more earthworms. The leaves should be shredded so they don't mat down and prevent your plants from getting water. They also break down quickly so if you put leaves over your vegetable garden in the Fall, they will decompose over the winter and enrich your soil for planting in the Spring.

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Straw or Salt Hay is great for a vegetable garden. Salt Hay is more expensive but contains no weed seeds and does not mat. Straw decomposes very slowly and is a natural habitat for spiders and other beneficial insects to keep your pest population in control.

When mulching, remember to spread a thin layer over your soil after you have weeded you planting bed. After you have evenly distributed the mulch, sprinkle a thin layer of Preen Weed Control to keep weeds at bay. The following picture may help you calculate how much mulch you will need given the size of your planting areas. Mulching can be done in the spring or fall, but only once per year.

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A Week at the Library of The Chathams Monday, March 12 – Sunday, March 18, 2018


By Galina Natenzon

After the storm of the Annual Friends’ Book Sale (no, not the snowstorm), the library is returning to relative peace and quiet.  The sale continues with Bag Sale ($8 for a large bag of books) on Monday, Tuesday, and until most books are sold.

For information about all programs or to sign up, please call the library at 973‑635‑0603 or go ...

Proud of Chatham Township Residents During "Weather Events"

March 13, 2018

To the Editor

As I watch the next “Weather Event” cross my computer screen I am compelled not to roll my eyes in hopelessness to but reflect on the incredible response of helpfulness I have seen throughout the Chatham Township Community over the last several days. 

We are a rural community with dozen of miles of winding road yet we have seen our volunteer first ...


AtlantiCast: Episode 13

On this episode of AtlantiCast, new clinical studies in the fields of cardiology and immunotherapy, national and statewide recognitions for Atlantic Health System medical centers and the inaugural AtlantiCast Collab Challenge!


Soprano Anita Lyons Featured Soloist at Summit Symphony Concert Mar. 25

March 17, 2018

SUMMIT, NJ - The music of Grieg, Schumann ad Strauss will form the centerpiece of the next Summit Symphony Orchestra concert of the 2017-18 season, a performance which will take place March 25, beginning at 2 p.m., in the Summit High School Auditorium. Admission to all Summit Symphony concerts is free, with donations gratefully accepted. 

American Soprano ...