Mulching

Posted on: January 29th, 2018 by Stone Cross Garden Centre
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Mulching is one of the most vitally important jobs you can do around the garden.

 

It is the process of covering borders and pots with a two to three inch layer of manure, compost, your own homemade compost, bark or gravel. Why should you do this?

  1. It can give plants a feed – if using compost or manure
  2. It locks moisture into the ground helping plants in the heat of summer
  3. It reduces light reaching the existing soil reducing the chance for weeds to grow
  4. It protects the plants roots from high summer temperatures
  5. It can in the case or compost, manure and bark rot down improving the texture of your soil
  6. It looks good refreshing and sprucing up the garden

 

Notes to consider when mulching:

  • One thing you should never do when mulching is place mulch in direct contact with plant stems or grafts on trees as this will cause them to soften weakening the plant
  • In the case of potted plants you should remove the top inch of soil and then mulch
  • You can further feed shrubs and trees in spring with a good quality general fertiliser such as Vitax Q4 Fertiliser

 

Our picks for general mulching:

  • Blended Farmyard Manure – 50 litre bags – £4.99 each or 3 bags for £12
  • Spruce Ornamental Bark – 70 litre bags – £6.99 each or 3 bags for £18
  • New Horizon Peat Free Compost – 50 litres bags – £5.99 each or 2 for £10
  • Gold Coast Gravel – £4.99 each or 3 for £12

Alternatively in the case of acid loving plants, such as Rhododendron or Blueberry:

  • J Arthur Bowers Ericaceous Compost – 50 litres – £5.99 each

 

All prices correct as at time of publication. Happy mulching

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