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Using an Organic Mulch

Mulching carries a number of distinct benefits, and represents one of the most efficient ways to transform any garden into a more efficient, plant friendly environment. Mulch can help to retain moisture in the soil, smother and stop the spread of weeds, and improve soil structure and nutrition.

Using organic mulch carries a number of benefits which set it apart from the inorganic options. They’re easily decomposable, look natural, and are particularly effective at adding nutrients and structure to the soil. So if you’re looking for these benefits over and above weed suppression organic mulches are an excellent option.

Organic mulch could consist of well-rotted horse and farm manure, leaf mould or garden compost, all of which provide some nutrients and help with water retention. In some cases you could take 7-10cm of organic mulch and dig it into the topsoil, though it’s often better to simply place it loosely on the surface and let the worms incorporate it into the soil. This method will both benefit plants and retain the soil structure. Because they get incorporated into the soil, organic mulches require renewing annually, or each spring and autumn depending on soil type and quality.

There are some decorative organic mulches available, particularly popular are wood chippings and conifer bark, adding a visual flourish over mulch mats and the like. However, bark is extremely carbon heavy, and will rob nutrients from the soil as it slowly breaks down, unless it has been composted first. If you’re interested in this method be sure to apply fertiliser to the soil in advance to combat the effect.

Organic mulches are an excellent way to improve the quality of your soil, so feel free to contact us if you have any questions or queries and we’ll be happy to help you reach your planting goals.

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