BLOG: Mulches

BLOG: Mulches

Winter may seem an odd time to talk about mulch as generally it is more widely used during late spring, early summer and the autumn. However, there is no reason not to use mulch at this time of the year if the conditions are right. This means that the soil is not frozen or too dry. 

Protect your plants from the hard frosts

Once down it can help to protect the roots of more delicate plants plants during hard frosts or heavy snowfall. Use it if you are winter planting bare root roses, hedges and fruit trees. Lay two to three inches thick remembering to not to mulch right up to the stems as this will make the plant vulnerable to disease.

Commercial & domestic use

Chipped bark or shredded bark is one of the most popular mulches, along with mushroom and leaf mould. Amenity bark mulch is suitable for both commercial and domestic use and an economic method of creating an attractive surface to beds and borders. It can be used for any plants, although acid loving plants such as azaleas and rhododendrons are best served with pine bark mulches and not hardwood mulches as it increases the pH balance in the soil.

Long term benefits

Mulch is appealing because is has several uses and long term benefits. It helps to improve soil conditions, soil texture while suppressing weeds and helping to retain moisture, thereby reducing the time required to keep the garden looking good as weeding and watering time is significantly reduced.

Biodegradable, it creates a layer that not only protects the soil from erosion and weather extremes it also insulates the soil and regulates the temperature.

Posted by Tina Abbey
30th November 2017

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