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Some 35 % of the change in wetland areas between 2000 and 2006 was due to conversion to agriculture and 49 % to forest creation and afforestation.
Of the wetland area converted to other land uses between 1990 and 2000, 2 % were artificialised (e.g. urban areas), 7 % became agricultural, 12 % water bodies, and 79 % forest and semi-natural areas (EEA, 2009).
It will keep weeds away; protect the plants by keeping the soil cool; decrease evaporation and reduce soil compaction. Be creative and use materials like: pebbles, bark chippings, gravel, cocoa shells, decorative pine cones, marbles, broken crockery, grass clippings or leaf mould. But avoid mulching too close to the stems to avoid the plant rotting in winter.
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