Mulching a garden bed has many benefits

Pea straw or the like around a stawberry plant

During the spring or when you want to conserve water. Why not have your garden bed mulched. 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 quite hard to make an informed choice.

Sugar cane Mulch:

This mulch is great 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 which is free from leaves and is relatively free from dirt and dust The layer depth should be around 500mm when first applying the mulch and thereafter applied at a depth of around 25mm.

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Hardwood mulch:

Again a very attractive mulch which should be graded to ensure that it will break down over around 12 months. Mulch which is two large will take often many years to break down and provide very little additional benefit to the soil. When a good hardwood mulch is used it will help to retain moisture in the summer months and regulate the temperature. Best applied in mid spring so that it is starting to break down by the following winter. 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 provide 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.

In conclusion:

We can clean up your garden beds and top them off with any of the above mulch. We can also apply organic certified (client approved only) weed control which generally leaves sensitive plants alone and helps to resist future weed growth. So please email or give us a call to discuss the options.

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