Using straw in the garden: expert tips for success

There are a host of benefits to using straw in the garden – whether you’re using it as vegetable mulch or as a natural way to limit weed growth. 

This simple but effective garden idea is one of the most durable materials to bring into your exteriors – so it is no surprise that experts love its versatility. Here are the best ways to make this sustainable garden idea work in your space.  

Using straw in the garden – 3 expert-approved ways to incorporate its natural goodness

Straw mulch in a garden

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Straw in the garden is best used like a mulch, so as a barrier to protect from weed germination and to also help shield the soil from the sun to increase the soil’s water retention,’ says Horticulture expert Eric De Boer