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Mulches and Mulching Published by
Published on 2 March 2021 | Last updated on 9 December 2021

Whether you’re tending to your flowerbeds or your vegetable garden, now is a great time to apply mulch. Not only is mulching a garden time-saver it will help you produce healthier fruits, vegetables and plants. 

So, what is mulch? Mulch is a loose covering of material placed on the surface of soil. It helps soil to retain moisture in the summer, prevents weeds from growing and protects the roots of plants. It will also help to make your garden look neat and tidy. 

Mid to late spring is one of the best times to apply mulch. By trapping moisture from the wet weather it will help to ensure your beds and borders don’t dry out over the summer months. Before you do, ensure the area is clear of weeds, the soil is moist and the ground is not frozen. You will generally need a 2-3 inch covering. 

There are various types of mulches but biodegradable mulches break down gradually and release nutrients into the soil. Once they have rotted away you can simply add another layer, making them easy to maintain. 

Mushroom compost is a fantastic choice. It’s alkaline in nature so is good for brassica and root veggies, flowerbeds and rose bushes. It’s high in organic matter and will improve your soil structure. Corker’s mushroom compost is pre-screened so you can use it safe in the knowledge that there won’t be any mushroom spore contamination. 

Green compost is a great all-rounder. As it slowly and consistently releases major nutrients, it promotes plant growth reducing the need for non-organic fertiliser. Our green compost is peat free and made from natural recycled garden and vegetable waste.

If you want to enhance the look of your garden, ornamental bark is a great option. Not only does it look good, it suppresses weed growth and is excellent at retaining moisture during hot, dry spells. 

If you’re unsure about how to apply mulch or which type will best suit your needs, then come in and have a chat to the team or give us a call on 01892 833325.

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