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Using an Inorganic Mulch

Mulching can reduce weeds, increase water retention and provide a professional finish to planting. Some mulching techniques may even be able to deter pests, if implemented well. It’s always best to mulch when the soil is moist, though if it’s overly damp consider waiting for it to dry out somewhat. Mulching now will help the soil to retain more moisture over the summer, which is drier then winter.

There are a few ways in which synthetic mulches stand out from organic ones. Most importantly, they don’t decompose, and will not need to be replaced as often as organic mulches, holding in moisture and smothering weeds for considerably longer.

There are plenty of options available to you, such as woven polypropylene and hemcore, available in mats and rolls depending on the size of the area, You can also use pebbles or gravel, which are best combined with a polypropylene mulch mat, however. They suppress weeds and are permeable, allowing water through to the soil while maintaining an attractive appearance. Without a mat they risk being absorbed into the soil.

A woven polypropylene mat will allow water, air, and nutrients to pass through it, even permitting an organic mulch to be laid above it. With a 5 year life span, the mats are long-lasting. They are photodegradeable, so a covering organic mulch will increase the lifespan. They suppress weeds and grass, and don’t need to be removed for planting. Simply cut an appropriate slit in the fabric and plant, then tape it back up to restrict weed growth.

Inorganic mulches certainly carry a degree of convenience and longevity, and they’re well worth considering for use with your plants. As ever, simply contact us with any queries or questions you might have, and we’ll be more than happy to help.

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