Trees, shrubs and flower beds need water, especially in the summer when rising temperatures pose a threat. Homeowners can cut back on the water they use to protect those plants by laying organic mulch in the spring, ahead of consistent hot temperatures. Organic mulch conserves moisture in soil and moderates soil temperature by reducing the difference between the low and high temperature.  This promotes stronger roots in plants and helping homeowners cut back on the amount of watering they need to maintain a garden that’s healthy and eye-catching.