During the spring or when you want to conserve water. Why not have your garden bed covered by using garden mulching methods. It can act to trap moisture in the soil when it is very hot or even helping to isolate vulnerable roots from the cold. Best of all it can help to suppress weeds.
What is the best natural mulch?
There are numerous types of mulch from bales of straw (hay), pea straw and even hardwood bark mulch. Sometimes it can be pretty hard to make an informed choice.
Sugar cane garden mulching:
This mulch is excellent for suppressing weeds and works to retain moisture on those hot summer days. It provides an attractive finish to the garden and encourages earthworms and good soil dynamics. We suggest an organic dried type free from leaves and is relatively free from dirt and dust. The layer depth should be around 500mm when first applying the mulch and, after that, lay at a depth of about 25mm.
Again, appropriate grading of mulch to ensure that it will break down over 12 months. Mulch that is too large will often take many years to break down and provide minimal additional benefit to the soil. Using good hardwood mulch will help retain moisture in the summer months and regulate it. Best applied in mid-spring so that it is starting to break down by the following winter or when you don’t want to retain too much water in the soil.
Pea straw mulch:
Generally considered one of the better types of mulch as it provides not only all of the benefits of the above mulch types. But it is high in nutrient and nutrient content which can give many benefits around the garden. Many gardeners use pea straw to enhance their vegetable gardens, roses and fruit trees. The best depth of material is around 30mm to 40mm. Slightly less than that of sugar cane mulch.
We can clean up your garden beds and top them off with any of the above garden mulching materials. Apply organically certified (client-approved only) weed control (if authorised by you) which generally leaves sensitive plants alone and helps resist future weed growth. So please email or give us a call to discuss the options.