Hi Ho! It’s Off To Mulch We Go!
Mulching is used to improve the soil around plants, but it also tidies up the area giving it a neater appearance. It reduces time spent on watering or weeding and helps soil retain moisture. It is now the perfect time to be laid before the summer months come, protecting the roots throughout the year.
Mulches are loose coverings or sheets of material placed on the surface of cultivated soil. There are two types of mulches, biodegradable and non-biodegradable.
These break down gradually to release nutrients into the soil to help improve its structure. These will need replacing when the layers have rotted down.
These don’t improve the structure of the soil but they do suppress weeds and lock in moisture. These tend to look more decorative, being available in slate, shingle and other decorative aggregates.
Beds and borders can be mulched completely, taking care not to smother low growing plants, being between 5cm and 7.5cm thickness. Lay mulches when the soil isn’t too hard or too dry and when the weeds have been removed.
Once mulch has been added you will need to apply extra water to reach the roots. It also does not need to be removed to be fertislised. They are spread over in winter and washed down into the roots by the rain.
We have plenty of aggregates and our own brand forest mulch available here.
Posted by Earnshaws on 13-Jan-2017